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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » New Mexico

The Hispano Ranchos of Northern New Mexico: Continuity and Change

features the small subsistence farms, or ranchos, created by Hispanos, early Spanish settlers of New Mexico, during the 1800s in the mountain valleys of the Pecos and Mora rivers. Houses were built from the same adobe used to construct Indian pueblos and Spanish missions, with decorative details added based on architectural fashions brought to New Mexico after it became a U.S. territory in 1851. Irrigation ditches were dug and regulated by rules dating back centuries. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Romero House, La Cueva Rancho. (National Park Service, Richard Federici, photographer)

Romero house

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