Friday, January 21, 2011

Acoma Pueblo - New Mexico

The Acoma Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. It  was built upon a sandstone mesa back in the 12th century, which proved to be effective for the defense of the pueblo. Unfortunately, it was not as effective in keeping out the Spanish conquistadors in 1598. There were nearly 2,000 inhabitants before the arrival of the Spaniards, but only about 250 survived the attacks. Miraculously, the pueblo traditions have survived and are still practiced by today's pueblo inhabitants.


  1. Christine, this reminds me of Les Baux in France ... what an incredible feat, both in its making and its survival.

  2. Its a pleasure to go through these post cards.
    And to think I hated History in school.

  3. I enjoy lovely linen cards!
    I hope you can join me for my new meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night.
    You are welcome to join us.

  4. Great post. My guess is that that water is not safe for drinking.

  5. Cute post card, but it doesn't do justice to the spectacular site of the settlement in reality, you have to see it in context to the edge of the mesa or the surrounding desert. Speaking of dirty water Brian, and how to avoid it, the residents built their privies hanging over the edge of the mesa so they didn't have to worry about the mess!

  6. Lovely card. It has so many great features - traditional clothing, animals, water/reflection, and the amazing pueblos!



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