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Abiquiú: More than just O’Keeffe country

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By Jennifer Garcia

Nestled in the hills about 22 miles north of Española sits a village rich in history. It’s a “blink and you might miss it” kind of place, but the scenery surrounding the village is astounding, especially during autumn.
With its red clay, stone formations  and stunning foliage along the Chama River, Abiquiú offers plenty of photo opportunities for visitors.
These days, the area is known as Georgia O’Keeffe country because the New York artist made her home in Abiquiú, but it is steeped in history tied to the Abiquiú Genízaro Land Grant.
In the 1730s, the Spanish began to settle the area known today as Abiquiú. By the 1740s, the community of Santa Rosa de Lima de Abiquiú had been established on the low lands next to the Chama River. Raids by Comanche and Ute Indians in 1747 caused the abandonment of Abiquiú, according to newmexicohistory.org. The website further states that Gov. Codallos assembled over 500 soldiers and militia pueblo Indians to march against the Utes and Comanches, which resulted in the killing of 12 inhabitants, livestock running off and crops and acequias being destroyed. Prisoners were recaptured and 1,000  head of horses as well as livestock were brought back, along with 206 prisoners.


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