It takes Latour nearly a year to travel from Ohio to New Mexico

It takes Latour nearly a year to travel from Ohio to New Mexico

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Unformatted text preview: It takes Latour nearly a year to travel from Ohio to New Mexico, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, and then on to Galveston by steamboat. He loses most of his possessions in Galveston, when the steamboat is wrecked, but continues to travel by land across Texas and into the New Mexico territory with a mare and a pack mule. Upon arriving in Santa Fe, the Mexican priests refuse to acknowledge Latour's authority. In order to clarify the matter with the Archbishop of Durango, Latour sets out on a 3,000-mile journey. On his way, he gets lost. He is rescued by a little girl who leads him to Agua Secreta (Hidden Water). Here he learns that the priests of the region have charged exorbitant amounts to perform the Sacrament of Marriage, causing many of the natives to take wives without benefit of marriage. While admiring the craftsmanship and artistry of the native church, Latour recognizes that the natives have allowed their...
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