Pojoaque, New Mexico

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Pojoaque (pronounced /pəˈwɑːkiː/; Tewa: P'osuwaege) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,261 at the 2000 census. Pojoaque and Pojoaque Pueblo are neighboring communities. Pojoaque Pueblo is an Indian Reservation, and the town of Pojoaque is a collection of communities near the Pueblo with people from various ethnic backgrounds.


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History

Pojoaque Pueblo is one of the six Tewa-speaking Rio Grande Pueblos, and a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos. The Pueblo was settled around 500 AD, with the population peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries.

In the early 17th century the first Spanish mission San Francisco de Pojoaque was founded. During the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Pojoaque was abandoned, and was not resettled until about 1706. By 1712 the population had reached 79. In about 1900, a severe smallpox epidemic caused the pueblo to be abandoned once again by 1912. In 1934, Pojoaque Pueblo was reoccupied, and became a federally-recognized Indian Reservation in 1936.[1]

Geography

Pojoaque is located at 35°53′26″N 106°0′34″W / 35.89056°N 106.00944°W / 35.89056; -106.00944 (35.890581, -106.009511)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,261 people, 493 households, and 332 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 437.3 people per square mile (169.1/km²). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 184.8/sq mi (71.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 52.10% White, 0.56% African American, 17.37% Native American, 26.57% from other races, and 3.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 62.17% of the population.

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