“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)


1598 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
1. 1598 Marker

By virtue of his royal contract, don Juan de Oñate became New Mexico's first governor. Oñate and his group of colonists left Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua in January of 1598. They crossed the Rio Grande at the present location of El Paso, Texas, and on April 30 celebrated the first American thanksgiving feast in observance of their safe arrival. The colonists followed the Rio Grande north, visiting a number of pueblos along the way before temporarily settling at a pueblo Oñate named San Juan de los Caballeros. Shortly thereafter Oñate established a more permanent capital called San Gabriel de los Españoles on the opposite side of the Río Grande. The settlers would forever change the American West and their pueblo neighbors through the introduction of European livestock including horses, cattle, donkeys, sheep; goats, swine and poultry. Agriculture was similarly affected through the introduction of cereal grains, fruits and vegetables as well as acequia ditch irrigation. Oñate's colonists also introduced metalworking, the wheel, firearms, adobe bricks and the written word. In addition to forging a viable community,
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the settlers' explorations ranged to the Sea of Cortés and the Kansas plains. Their descendants continue to shape the culture of New Mexico to this day.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureColonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1598.
Location. 35° 41.205′ N, 105° 56.174′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from East Palace Avenue east of Cathedral Place, on the right when traveling east. 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. A different marker also named 1598 (here, next to this marker); 1583 (here, next to this marker); 1607 (here, next to this marker); 1610 (a few steps from this marker); 1540 (a few steps from this marker); 1620 (a few steps from this marker); Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Labyrinth (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
1598 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
2. 1598 Marker
This marker is the fourth of eight markers in this semi-circle of markers just north of the catedral. It is the second of two markers titled "1598".
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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