Portals to the Past
Pecos National Historic Historical Park, New Mexico
The marks of the past are everywhere in the remains of Pecos Mission, constructed four centuries ago by the Spanish to convert and dominate the indigenous population. An elaborate structure, the care that went into construction is evident in the graceful arches and in the angled courses of adobe bricks on the distant wall visible through the smaller arch. A discerning eye, and a contemplative mind, will also see not just architectural treasure, but toil, tears, and strife in this building erected with native labor not long after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and in the enduring conflict between the local population and those who came to conquer and control.
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