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Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 16-19 centuries
Date of Inscription: 2010
Location: North America, Mexico, Texas, New Mexico
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Description: The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, also known as The Royal Inland Road, and the Silver Route, extends from Mexico City through Texas to New Mexico, USA, and was an active trade route from the mid-16th to 19th centuries. While mainly used to transport European mercury, and silver from the Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosi mines, the route also served to link Spanish and Amerindian cultures socially, culturally, and religiously. The inscribed property includes 55 sites and five existing World Heritage sites lying along a 1400 km section of this 2600 km route. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail is a part of the United States National Historic Trail system. El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Spanish for "The Royal Road of the Interior Land") was a 1,600 mile (2560 kilometer) long trade route between Mexico City and San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, from 1598 to 1882. The 404 mile (646 kilometer) section of the route within the United States was proclaimed as a National Historic Trail on October 13, 2000. The trail is overseen by both the National Park Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. South mexican part of the trail was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2010. From the Texas-New Mexico border to San Juan Pueblo north of Española, a drivable route, mostly part of former U.S. Route 85, has been designated as a National Scenic Byway called El Camino Real. Portions of the trade route corridor also contain pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trails. These include the existing Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque and portions of the proposed Rio Grande Trail. Its northern terminus, Santa Fe, is a terminus also of the Old Spanish Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. Along the trail, parajes (stop overs) that have been preserved today include El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Fort Craig and Fort Selden are also located along the trail. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center ( 2. Wikipedia.
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