I was reading up on the origin of our city's name and came across something I hadn't heard before.
The conventional wisdom is that we're the "Duke City", taking our name from the Duke, or Viceroy, of Albuquerque.
It turns out that the family our Duke came from, the Albuquerque line, took their name from what was a small region
of Iberia. That region's name comes from the Moorish "Abu al-Qurq", which means Land of the Cork Oak.
true there are many large cork oak plantations in parts of Spain and Portugal.
So Albuquerque = Land of the Cork Oak????