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Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

1540

 
 
1540 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
1. 1540 Marker
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1540
The first major Spanish expedition to what is now the southwest United States was conducted by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado from 1540 to 1542. Coronado organized and financed the expedition based upon the travels of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1536 and Fray Marcos de Niza in 1539. Coronado's expedition, consisting of 285 Spaniards and about 800 Mexican Indians as well as livestock, traveled over 3,500 miles and surveyed the area between the Colorado River and central Kansas. After visiting a number of pueblos, the expedition divided into two groups. The main party traveled east to central Texas, then north through Oklahoma before encountering the “Quivira," ancestors of today's Wichita Indians, in the middle of Kansas. The second detachment under García López de Cárdenas traveled west to the Grand Canyon and the Hopi villages. Subsequent exploration and settlement of the American Southwest was based on the Coronado expedition.
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Hispanic AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1540.
 
Location. 35° 41.203′ N, 105° 56.18′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is on East Palace Avenue east of Cathedral Place, on the right when traveling east. The marker is one of a set of markers in Cathedral Park north of the cathedral. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1583 (here, next to this marker); 1598 (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named 1598 (a few steps from this marker); 1607 (a few steps from this marker); 1620 (a few steps from this marker); 1610 (a few steps from this marker); The Labyrinth (a few steps from this marker); Kateri Tekakwitha (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
1540 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
2. 1540 Marker
The marker is the first of eight markers in this semi-circle just north of the cathedral.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Dec. 9, 2023