“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)



—Commemorative Walkway Park —

1692 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
1. 1692 Marker
Inscription. Under the direction of Don Diego de Vargas, the Spanish returned to recapture New Mexico after twelve years of exile in El Paso. In an attempt to encourage settlement of the land in the Rio Grande Valley, Don Diego de Vargas issued land grants for agriculture and grazing to Spanish colonists, and reconfirmed property rights of the Pueblos.
Erected 1986 by The Caballeros de Vargas. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 35° 41.38′ N, 105° 56.003′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Paseo de Peralta near Otero Street. Click for map. It is at Hillside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1776 (here, next to this marker); 1821 (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); 1680 (a few steps from this marker); 1862 (a few steps from this marker); 1712
1692 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
2. 1692 Marker
(a few steps from this marker); 1610 (a few steps from this marker); 1912 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1926 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Fe.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of all 21 markers on Santa Fe’s Commemorative Walkway at Hillside Park. There is a link on the list to a map of all markers on the walkway.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Diego de Vargas. “De Vargas’ repossession of New Mexico is often called a ‘bloodless reconquest,’ since the territory was initially retaken without any use of force. Later, when de Vargas returned to Mexico in early 1693 to retrieve a group of settlers, they had to fight their way into Santa Fe. Warriors from four of the pueblos sided with the colonists, but most opposed them. When the capital had been taken, don Diego ordered some 70 of the Pueblo men killed. Women
Don Diego de Vargas (1643–1704) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 13, 2012
3. Don Diego de Vargas (1643–1704)
Detail of the 2007 bronze sculpture by Donna Quasthoff at Cathedral Park in Santa Fe.
and children were distributed as servants to the colonists. Similar bloody fighting occurred at many of the other pueblos before the governor felt that the native people had truly submitted to his and the king's authority. The end of widespread hostilities did not mean an end to Pueblo resentment over continued heavy-handed treatment by the colonists. The plundering of Pueblo stocks of corn and other supplies, to sustain the struggling colony, was a periodic occurrence that inflamed animosity. By the end of the century the Spanish colonization was essentially solidified.” (Submitted on August 14, 2014.) 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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