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The Coronado State Monument is a state monument and history museum in Bernalillo, New Mexico. It is best noted for being the place where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, alongside 300 men and 800 Indian allies, entered the valley in search of the fabled Seven Cities of Gold and found prosperous villages instead.

The Coronado State Monument is also the site of the Tiwa pueblo of Kuaua, which was first inhabited around 1300 AD by Native Americans. The site was excavated in the 1930s by WPA workers. They found ruins of the earthen pueblo and reconstructed new ruin walls over them.

The Coronado State Monument tells of this part of history. It is also a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its magnificent view of the Rio Grande.
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