Understanding the Placement of LA 20,000, a Spanish Colonial Settlement Located in New Mexico
Author(s): Stephanie Hallinan
This project will explore the environmental and social factors that influenced the placement of Spanish New Mexican sites by looking at the location of LA 20,000, a seventeenth-century secular ranch located about 25 miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This project will use GIS to explore the environmental factors essential to the Spanish colonists who settled as farmers, specifically focusing on the natural resources around LA 20,000, including distance to water, soil fertility, and topography. The distance to Pueblo villages will also be measured since the colonists settled as close to the villages as possible to have laborers for their farms and households, while also following the laws the Spanish Crown put in place regarding the protection of Pueblo lands from colonists' incursion. This project will help understand how the early Spanish colonists in New Mexico chose the locations of their settlements.
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Understanding the Placement of LA 20,000, a Spanish Colonial Settlement Located in New Mexico. Stephanie Hallinan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434146)
min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;