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This Soldier Was Fighting Native Americans When He Discovered An Elaborate Ancient Lost City

It’s unlikely that José Antonio Vizcarra was looking for ancient ruins. After all, it was the height of summer in 1823, and Vizcarra, the governor of New Mexico, was waging war against the Navajo. For 74 days Vizcarra and a column of 1,500 soldiers advanced through the west of the state, and their route took them through Chaco Canyon.

 

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