In the 1700s, New Mexico merchants loaded mule trains with animal hides and cloth and set out for the markets at El Paso and Chihuahua. They returned with everyday goods and with European manufactures like Lorraine lace and Brittany linen from New Spain’s Atlantic trade. They also brought silks, porcelain, and spices brought to Acapulco from the Philippines on the Manila galleons. In this way, New Mexico became part of the Spanish global trade system. Using original documents and an activity, Spanish Colonial historian Linda Tigges will describe the exploits of the merchants and the remarkable goods they brought back to New Mexico.