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To illuminate....illumination, illuminated.....to provide or brighten with light...to make understandable, clarify....enlighten intellectually or spiritually...celebrate....to expose or reveal...to become lighted....glow. A beautiful Spanish Mission Church on Mesquite St in Las Cruces, New Mexico. My rendition of it called "Illuminate" by Barbara Chichester
Las Cruces is referred to "the city of crosses"....No one knows exactly how Las Cruces was selected, but most historians conclude it was derived from the Spanish translation for the crosses, after the many crosses erected in memory of those killed during Apache raids.
For thousands of years, the Mesilla Valley was inhabited by ancient Native Americans like the Mogollon. The warm climate was ideal for survival and the river provided a steady supply of food and water. But over time, the Mogollons disappeared, leaving only traces of their existence etched in rocks and canyon walls. Their culture was replaced by a new generation of New Mexicans lead by Don Juan de Onate.
In 1598, working on behalf of the King of Spain, Onate and his men made their way up from Mexico through the Great Pass of the North (modern day El Paso) and through the Mesilla Valley in route to what was soon to become Santa Fe. Their route became known as the Camino Real and it quickly became the preferred way to travel between Mexico and Santa Fe. Onates expedition marked the first major European colonization of North America, and the Camino Real helped establish southern New Mexico.
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