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TRAVELS by Lucien den Arend - El Paso
When, in the colonial period, Spanish explorers reached the Rio Grande from the south, they found two mountain ranges rising out of the desert with a deep chasm between. They called this location El Paso del Norte (the Pass of the North). This area became settled and, on both sides of the Rio Grande, the cities Ciudad Juárez on the south or right bank of the Rio Grande and El Paso, on the North side, grew.