Content created: 1996-10-11, revised 2010-09-03
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It is a pet peeve of mine that many works on the Southwest make reference to its many river valleys, but do not include a reference map. This quick reference map identifies the major river valleys along which the Anasazi and their neighbors settled. If you print it out, it should fit comfortably on a notebook page.
Note that all the rivers of the area ultimately are part of three great river systems: (1) the Colorado, emptying into the Sea of Cortez; (2) the Rio Grande, defining the Texas-Mexico border and emptying into the Gulf of Mexico; and (3) the Canadian and Arkansas Rivers, emptying into the Mississippi system.
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