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El Camino Real, Eastern Branch, 1986 HCEL
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The Eastern Branch of the El Camino Real, a rugged route running for 2,400 miles between Veracruz, Mexico and St. Augustine, Florida was a trail begun by the conquistador Hernando Cortez in 1519. Although commonly referred to as “The King’s Road,” the road offered a path for settlers, goods, crops, livestock, crafts, and other commerce to travel. Its contribution to the history and culture of Texas, the United States, and Mexico runs deep. 

One section of the road, east of the central north-south road, El Camino Real de los Tejas, runs from Guerrerro, Mexico, through Texas and into Natchitoches, La. Many of our roadways today follow the original path of the Eastern Branch of the El Camino Real through cities in Mexico and the southern U.S.The route passes through San Antonio, Natches, Pensacola, and Tallahasse. The Eastern Branch of the El Camino Real is commemorated as an ASCE National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by a plaque marking its passage through San Antonio.


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