photo of Mexican village
The village or ejido of El Mezquite still occupies the same gravel terrace (or pediment remnant) it did when the Spanish first visited it in the late 17th century. Although Trasvina y Retis called the village Loreto in 1714, its historic and modern name is that of the people who lived there. Trasvina Retis recorded it as being occupied by 80 people of the Mesquite nation, one of the part-time farming groups the Spanish lumped under the term Patarabueyes. This community is located about 15 miles west of Ojinaga south of the Río Conchos. Photo by Steve Black.
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