Cochineal: The Insect That Made Empires

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A tiny insect that lives on cactus has been used to make red dye for centuries. Cochineal became the second most valuable export to Spain from the New World. Traditional uses of Cochineal persist to this day. Come find out what they are.

Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center - 37 Main Street, Cerrillos, NM. Approximately 16 miles south of Santa Fe and 3 miles north of Madrid via NM 14. Take county Road 57 west into Cerrillos village. See link for map.

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/images/orientationmap.jpg

Donations welcome!

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