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Albuquerque is a city in central New Mexico and the largest city in the state.


The area around what is today New Mexico was settled by the Spanish in the early 1540’s, however in the 1680’s the region’s Spanish residence fled when Pueblo tribes in the region fought back against the colonial powers and forced them from the area, including the area of what is today Albuquerque.

The city was founded by the Spanish in nearly twenty years later after recolonizing the area and named the new settlement after Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, the tenth Duke of Albuquerque, who served as Viceroy of New Spain from 1702-1711.

Race to the Sun

Nizhoni Begay, the protagonist of the novel, has lived in the city with her father and brother, as well as her best friend Davery Descheny, her entire life. All three attend the local Intertribal Community Charter School, a school where all students and faculty are of Native American descent. After Mr. Begay is kidnapped by Mr. Charles, his new boss and a Bináá' yee aghání, Nizhoni and Mac go to Alvarado Transportation Center to catch a train to Gallup and get to Spider Rock in the Navajo Nation to get help in saving him and stopping Mr. Charles.

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes

The Demon Drum

Albuquerque is again the main setting of the short story, with multiple members of various tribes across North America coming to the city for the All-Nations Assembly Powwow.


  • Albuquerque hosts an anual hot air balloon festival every year in early October.
  • The city is named after a town in Spain near the boarder with Portugal in the Spanish province of Badajoz. The name is possibly derived from the Latin “alba quercus“ meaning “white oak”.
    • Interestingly enough, the name of the Spanish town is also a surname of Portuguese origin.
  • Most of the city counts as its own district in the United States House of Representatives.
  • Albuquerque’s nicknames, Duke City and Burque, are both references to the city’s namesake.
  • Route 66 passes through the city.
Locations (RRP)
Cities and Towns: Albuquerque | Atlanta | Beverly Hills | Cabo San Lucas | Chicago | Jackson | Los Angeles | Loves Park | Merdel | Miami | Memphis | New Orleans | New York City | Rock Creek | Raisin Valley | San Diego | San Miguel de Allende | Santa Monica | Silver Springs | Vicksburg | Yuma
Administrative Divisions: Alabama | Arizona | Baja California Sur | California | Chiapas | Chihuahua | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida | Georgia | Guanajuato | Illinois | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Mississippi | Montana | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | Oregon | Quintana Roo | Tennessee | Wisconsin
Landmarks and other Buildings: Alvarado Transportation Center | Beverly Hills Hotel | Georgia Aquarium | Mississippi Civil Rights Museum | Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture | United Nations Headquarters
Countries: France | Mexico | United States of America (Confederate States of America)
Continents: Europe | North America
Pandava Quintet: Amaravati | Court of the Sky | Department of Many Voices | Kingdom of Death | Lanka | Little India | Naga Realm | Night Bazaar | Ocean of Milk | Otherworld
Storm Runner Trilogy/Shadow Bruja Duology: Aztlán | Baja California Peninsula | The Beast | Caribbean Sea | Cave of the Crystals | Ceiba World Tree | The Empty | Hell's Kitchen | Holy Ghost | Isla Holbox | Jazz's Surf Shop | Mexica Empire | Old World | Pacific Ocean | Palenque National Park | Sea of Cortez | Shaman Institute of Higher-Order Magic | Tomb of the Red Queen | Venice Beach | Xib'alb'a
Thousand Worlds series: Black Locust Station | Daeriseok | Fourth Colony | Ghost Sector | Gray Institute | Hongok | Hongok Spaceport | Jinju | Kim Dome | Outer Rim | Pale Lightning | Red Azalea | Thousand Worlds | Yonggi
Sal & Gabi Duology: Calamity Island | Coral Castle | Culeco Academy of the Arts | Little Havana | Multiverse | Reál House | Unnamed Miami Hospital | Vidón University
Tristan Strong Trilogy: Alke | Anansi's Palace | Artillery Park | Burning Sea | Drowned Forest | Golden Crescent | Granny Z's Skatepark | Grasslands | Isihlangu | Lady Night's Juke Joint | Lake Michigan | Louisiana State Penitentiary | Louis Armstrong Park | New Orleans Pharmacy Museum | MidPass | Mississippi River | Nyame's Palace | Ridge | Strong Apartment | Strong family farm | Thicket
Race to the Sun: Begay House | Chuska Mountains | Canyon de Chelly | Dibé Nitsaa | Glittering World | House of the Sun | Intertribal Community Charter School | Navajo Nation | Sisnaajiní | Shiprock | Spider Rock
Paola Santiago series: Camp of the Niños de la Luz | Gila River | Juan & Sons Auto Repair | Pizza Pete's | The Rift | Riverside Palace Apartments | Silver Springs Hospital | Silver Springs Police Department
City of the Plague God: Brooklyn | Central Park | Georiou's | Gilgamesh's Glass Ziggurat | Hudson Square | Kurnugi | Manhattan | Manhattan General Hospital | Mo's | Nineveh | Rock of Nisir | Queens | Sea of Tiamat | Washington Square Park
The Gifted Clans series: Byun Mansion | The Campus | Griffin Observatory | Noh Dojang | Oh House | Pacific Ocean Seoulful Tacos | Temple of the Gifted Community Los Angeles | Traditional Korean Medicine Clinic
Pahua Moua series: Bamboo Nursery | Crossroads | Merdel Elementary | Merdel Hospital | Moua Apartment | Six Realms (The Echo | Spirit Realm) | Thread and Needle | Tree of Souls