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San Elizario in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Espejo Beltran Expedition - 1582-1583

 
 
Espejo Beltran Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Espejo Beltran Expedition Marker
Inscription. Following the Rodriguez-Chamuscado expedition of 1581 there was increased interest in the area now known as New Mexico and Texas. There was also concern for the safety of Fray Rodriguez and Fray Lopez, who had stayed in the area. In 1582 a Franciscan priest, from Santa Barbara, Mexico, Fray Bernardino Beltran, formed an expedition to find the missionaries. His military escort was led by Antonio de Espejo, a former Santa Barbara merchant and rancher living in voluntary exile over a legal dispute with the Spanish authorities.

The expedition departed the mining outpost of Bartolome in November 1582. By the following January they had reached the El Paso area. In present New Mexico they learned that Fray Rodriguez and Fray Lopez had been killed by Indians. Fray Beltran led a small party back to Mexico, but Espejo and several companions stayed to check the Indian stories of silver mines and wealthy pueblos. On their journey the Spaniards became the first explorers in the region from the Pecos River Valley to the Junta de Los Rios, the junction of the Choncho River and the Rio Grande. The reports of their explorations further heightened the interest in the area.
 
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included
San Elizario Memorial Plaza, Church Road & Glorietta Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. San Elizario Memorial Plaza, Church Road & Glorietta Road
Espejo Beltran Expedition Marker is the fourth marker on the right.
in the Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583 marker series.
 
Location. 31° 35.118′ N, 106° 16.379′ W. Marker is in San Elizario, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Road and Glorietta Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: San Elizario TX 79849, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan de Onate Expedition - 1598 (here, next to this marker); Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedition - 1581 (here, next to this marker); San Elizario (here, next to this marker); Salt War (here, next to this marker); San Elizario Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); The Camino Real (here, next to this marker); The First Thanksgiving (here, next to this marker); Los Portales (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Elizario.
 
Also see . . .  Espejo Beltran Expedition. The expedition of twelve soldiers, Espejo, the friars, servants, 115 horses and mules, left San Bartolomé November 10, 1582. In addition to their mission to find if any friars remained alive, Espejo also hoped to investigate the mining prospects in the region. (Submitted on November 22, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 816 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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