Back to top

About Denver Spanish House

Denver Spanish House is an effort by two local Spanish speaking residents to create a "cultural center" for all things related to the Spanish speaking world. Our goal is to help people learn the language, music, art, history, and cultures of the diverse Spanish speaking world. We currently achieve this by offering group and individual Spanish classes, special events, and a website dedicated to the subject with information on Spanish language movies, books, music and, obvio, wines. If you are interested in taking lessons, please contact us.

If you would like to receive emails about our upcoming classes and events as well as music, wine, book, and film recommendations and local Denver events, please use the newsletter form on the right. Your email privacy is important to us and we will never sell your contact information or send unwanted emails. All of our newsletters provide a way to "unsubscribe". The process works like this: submit your email using the form, get an email confirmation, click on the link in the confirmation email, click the "subscribe" button on the page linked from the confirmation email. Expect no more than 1 email a month.

Comments

CAMINO REAL TIERRA ADENTRO / ENIAC MARTINEZ

OPENING RECEPTION. JAN. 29, 2009
TIME. 6.00 PM
KENNETH KING ACADEMIC AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
MAIN STREET
855 LAWRENCE WAY
DENVER, CO 80204

ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT

Bienvenidos. A memorable journey waits – perhaps the longest in time and distance in North America. Spanning countless centuries and 1,500 miles, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro linked vast deserts to lush valleys, isolated outposts to bustling cities. But it connected more than places. It connected people from different continents, countries, and cultures – Spanish, Native America, Mexican, and Anglo-American. Their ideas, traditions, and languages merged along the well-trodden path called El Camino Real, creating a unique process of mutual cultural influence known as mestizaje. El Camino Real began as faint footpaths carved by native traders as they exchanged goods between north and south. Spanish explorers etched it deeper during their expeditions northward to claim land and riches for the King or Spain. Thousands of migrants, miners, missionaries, and merchants followed over the next 400 years. The trail that began as a scratch in the earth is now a bustling highway with cars zipping by and planes flying overhead. THE OLDEST ROAD IN NORTH AMERICA Caminos reales, or royal roads were the main transportation routes for communication, cultural exchange, trade, and commerce. Travelers, livestock, and cargo were protected by the Spanish military, dispatched in compañías volantes, literally, flying companies of light cavalry. Four principal caminos reales radiated form México City. They formed a busy transportation network bustling with foot traffic, wagons, and mule trains. Cargo was transported to and form the seaports of Veracruz and Acapulco to México City. The southern route stretched south to Guatemala. By 1598, the caminos reales extended northward from México City through Zacatecas all the way to Santa Fe and beyond – a distance of over 1500 miles! The fourth one went south form México City to Guatemala. Other caminos reales connected eighteenth century settlements in Texas and in California. After more than four centuries, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the royal road to the interior, is one of the oldest continuously used roads in North America. TERRAIN DEFINES THE ROUTE The trail followed a natural route through the terrain. Fiery volcanoes, followed by relentless weathering, sculpted a land rich in deposits of silver, copper, gold, opal, turquoise, and salt. Shifting tectonic plates gouged a mile-deep rift in central New México, the second longest in the world. Snowmelt flowed into the valley, forming the Río Grande, or Great River. The Río meandered through, dropping its sediment load and filling the deep trench. Ice ages marked boundless time. Vast deserts evolved, and an ever-shifting mosaic of animal and plant life adapted themselves to this everchanging environment.

my time at Denver Spanish House

I have studied with Nikki for about 8 months.
I'm a beginner and have sought to learn a new language in my late 60's because I mentor a Mexican pre-teen whose parents speak little English.
Nikki's curriculum is fun, challenging, and has lead me to put my nose to the grindstone daily.
I recommend her highly, to schools, to sites in business, where her direction is moving.
I do not regret my association with Nikki, she has encouraged me, helped me immesurably. given me encouragement to keep going, and it is working. I feel more at ease with my mentee's family in superficial conversation, in their home. I firmly believe that it has given them the ability to trust me.
El Abuelo de Morrison