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Mission San Jose de Laguna
New Mexico
Travelling Route 66 across western New Mexico you’ll pass through the Pueblo of Laguna, an ancient Native American village named for the lake that once rested nearby. Nowadays Laguna is most widely known for the imposing white San Jose Mission which sits atop the highest hill in the village.

The mission was completed and founded on July 4, 1699. The early pueblo-style architecture is typical of the early buildings built by the Spanish settlers but unlike other missions it is constructed of field stone, adobe, mortar and plaster. San Jose is famous for its interior decoration. Original Laguna art and early Spanish paintings adorn the walls and altar. Ornately carved wooden doors open to reveal elaborate murals on the interior walls as well as carved wood work within.

Copyright: Louis Davidson
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Taken: 11/05/2008
Uploaded: 16/09/2008
Updated: 01/12/2012
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New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, it has also been part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory. Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics at 45% (2008 estimate), being descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America. It also has the third-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska and Oklahoma, and the fifth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas. The tribes represented in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo peoples. As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultural influences. At a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth most sparsely inhabited U.S. state.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_mexico]