Antonio Armijo

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Antonio Armijo

Antonio Armijo was a Spanish explorer and merchant who was famous for leading the first commercial caravan party across the Las Vegas Valley in 1829. His route is known as the Old Spanish Trail.[1][2] Armijo and the party named the area "Las Vegas" which is Spanish for "the meadows" after following a tributary up from the Colorado River, after he originally intended to travel and create a new trade route from New Mexico to Los Angeles, California.[3]


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  2. ^ "History of Las Vegas" Las Vegas Online. Retrieved on 2008-08-05.
  3. ^ "History 6 thru 12: Rafael Rivera" H2O University, Southern Nevada Water Authority. Retrieved on 2008-08-05.