6" by 9" watercolor, Strathmore Imperial 300# paper
The conquistadors came into the Southwest from Mexico in 1540, Coronado looking for Cibola, the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. What they found shining gold in the evening sun were the pueblo adobes along El Rio Grande in what is now Nuevo Mexico. They also brought the Catholic faith of the followers of San Fransico de Assis, and by 1610 had founded the capital of Del Norte at La Villa de Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assis--the city of the holy faith of Saint Francis.
The Indians kept telling about gold over the horizon at "Quivera.".
Coronado kept going east, even into Oklahoma and Kansas looking for Quivera and found more Indians and no gold. The conquistadors are long gone. The golden land remains.