Nonfiction history. Spanish colonists in New Mexico in the 1600s and 1700s feared the Faraón Apaches, who defended their territory along the Rio Grande from present-day Santa Fe to Albuquerque, and south into Mexico. Faraón is the Spanish word for pharaoh, a reference to Biblical Egyptians. The name might have come from Franciscan missionaries who found it impossible to persuade the Faraon Apaches to give up their traditional religion and convert to Catholicism.
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