While the mainstream media and even conservative pundits ignore or ridicule Ron Paul, his popularity can be attributed to the Internet.
Seventeenth-century Spanish explorers, following established Indian and buffalo trails, crossed the Rio Grande northward from Mexico, effectively blazing the Camino Real, the King’s Highway. Later known as Old San Antonio Road, Camino Real wasn’t a single road but a network of trails used by explorers to transport goods and missionaries through the colony of Tejas. A major thoroughfare between Mexico City and eastern Tejas, the Handbook of Texas states, the roadway enabled freight and supply movement, and also enjoyed the king’s military protection. As time progressed and trade increased, so did the system. Eventually caminos reales in the provinces were everywhere, from modern-day Texas to California, and were critical for expansion of “New Spain.” Camino Real also enabled immigration.