ALBUQUERQUE: ALONG THE RIO GRANDE

ALBUQUERQUE: ALONG THE RIO GRANDE

Nov 20, 2011 to Jan 19, 2014

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Albuquerque: Along the Rio Grande features many of Albuquerque's beloved and iconic artifacts representing more than 700 years of history in the Central Rio Grande Valley.

Since more than 12,000 years ago, humans have lived near the region now known as the central Rio Grande Valley, building multi-storied pueblos and practicing a thriving agriculture-based barter economy. When Francisco Vasquez Coronado's army camped here in 1540-1542 he encountered an indigenous Southern Tiwa population, well adapted to a continually changing environment and battling to retain its autonomy.

For the next four centuries and especially after the founding of La Villa de Alburquerque in 1706, Spain, Mexico and ultimately the United States governed a population focused on surviving harsh weather extremes and building a unique economy based on agriculture, ranching, weaving, and merchant trade. Change came fast and furious after the railroad arrived and especially after World War II, leading to huge population growth and making Albuquerque the creative and diverse city it is today.

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IMAGE: Caballero (Cavalryman) and alabardero (footsoldier), c. 1598 Iron, steel, brass, leather, cotton Photographer: Damian Andrus PC1981.219.1.a-j, 1982.20.1.a&b, 1982.38.1, 1981.213.1.a&b, 1982.35.1.a&b, 1982.197.1.a-k, 1981.229.1.a-e, 1982.191.1, 1981.75.1