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Geographical description written by Pedro de Castañeda de Nájera who was part of Coronado’s Expedition from 1540-1542 Vital Stats: “The country is a valley between ridges resembling rocky mountains. They plant in holes.”             “The country is spacious and level…no settlements were seen anywhere on these plains.”             “Several lakes were found at intervals; they...
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Report from Coronado contradicting Fray Marcos de Niza’s accounts of the land outside of Compostela Vital Stats: “From the people here, he learned that there was nothing to be found in the country beyond except the mountains, which continued to be entirely uninhabited by people.” “We all marched cheerfully along a very bad way, where...
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Overview Two men stand at the edge of the campsite, talking to each other. There are the sounds of quail and other wildlife. One of the men stops talking to point out a nearby peccary that’s wandering around nearby. He suggests that it might make a decent meal to his fellow, who agrees, saying it...
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February Agriculture in Compostela, Mexico Located in a sub-tropical area, Compostela, Mexico would have the sustainability for agriculture to produce crops at all times of the year. In order to do so, Chinampas or irrigation ditches were constructed before the Spaniards arrival to supply water to those crops during the drier seasons. First, Lagunas, used...
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Is native to the south western United States and Mexico deserts, some species are native to South America. The Agave was a plant available to the Conquistadors in their conquest of the Americas of the Southwest. In a wide area of the country, traveled by the ancient people and the Spanish explorers, the Agave plant...
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in Environment Peccaries

Peccaries are wild animals, closely related to the pig. The three subspecies of peccary are all native to the Americas. The Spanish would have never run into animals like peccaries before and most likely would have thought them a type of wild pig. A very small wild pig, much smaller domesticated pigs and wild boar...
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Before the Spaniards inhabited the area cotton or “taman” was used by the Mayans the Aztecs and other indigenous populations. Francis F. Berdan describes many uses for the cotton plant, “Scalp diseases were treated with hot crushed flowers; ulcers and other skin diseases were treated with crushed leaves; and ‘a certain veneral disease’ was treated...
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