The Jews in Albuquerque:A Southwestern Community

ALBUQUERQUE, originally settled in 1708, lies on the Rio Grande River in New Mexico, some sixty miles south of Santa…

Albuquerque, originally settled in 1708, lies on the Rio Grande River in New Mexico, some sixty miles south of Santa Fe. Running through the city is the ancient Camino Real, laid out by the Conquistadores from Mexico to Santa Fe; it is now U.S. 85, part of the Pan-American Highway. The Rio Grande valley is one of the few fertile areas in this region and when drought hit the country to the northwest in the 13th century, most of the local Indians, who had been living on the sides of cliffs, abandoned their villages—“pueblos”—and migrated into the valley. There are pueblos to the north, west, and south of Albuquerque today.

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The Jews in Albuquerque:A Southwestern Community

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