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This high desert landscape is especially evident and accessible around Carlsbad Caverns National Park. What lies beneath the scrubby surface here is, of course, another story entirely. The Colorado Plateau in northwestern New Mexico is a broken country of high, wide valleys, deep canyons, jagged cliffs and rugged mesas. Sitting atop the most famous of these mesas, Acoma Pueblo, has been occupied by Anasazi and later Pueblo Indians for more than 1,000 years. Some say it is America's oldest continuously inhabited community.
The magnificent San Felipe de Neri church dominates the square, while more than 150 shops and galleries occupy Old Town's plaza and narrow backstreets. About one block east of Old Town, Albuquerque Museum of Art, History and Science, 2000 Mountain Road, 505/243-7255, documents 400 years of New Mexico's history and houses the largest collection of Spanish Colonial artifacts in the nation. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The Spanish, however, were not the first to inhabit the area.
Not, however, while the Spanish retained power. Insular and protective of its New World dominion, Spain refused to allow its New Mexican colonists to trade with foreigners, especially French and British trappers and traders who were swarming westward from the upper Mississippi and Missouri Valleys. But, once Mexico wrested its independence from Spain in 1821 and made New Mexico a province, the pipeline was opened at last. Settlers and traders poured into New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail. Braving the rigors of a harsh land and beset by hostile Indians, miners and ranchers struggled to develop and utilize the area's rich resources.
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