The Old Spanish Trail 1776

On July 4, 1776, as the ink began to dry on the US Declaration of Independence on the East Coast, two Spanish priests began their journey to find a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the California missions. The priests were accompanied by a small number of explorers and a talented cartographer (a “cartographer” is the person who made the maps before Google). The men traveled through Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The route that the party mapped eventually became the Old Spanish Trail, and later a well-used trade route between Santa Fe and Los Angeles, California. (Image from, painted by Paul Salisbury)
Cuando la tinta comenzó a secarse sobre la Declaración de Independencia de Estados Unidos (1776) en la costa este, dos sacerdotes españoles partieron para encontrar una ruta desde Santa Fe, Nuevo México, a las misiones de California. Fueron acompañados por un pequeño número de exploradores y un cartógrafo talentoso (un cartógrafo es la persona que hizo los mapas antes que Google). Los hombres viajaron por Utah, Arizona, Colorado y Nuevo México. La ruta que el grupo trazó finalmente se convirtió en Old Spanish Trail, y más tarde en una ruta comercial muy utilizada entre Santa Fe y Los Ángeles, California. (Imagen de, pintada por Paul Salisbury)

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