“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)


1717 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
1. 1717 Marker

On a stormy summer's evening in 1712, a group of citizens organized by Juan Páez Hurtado gathered in Santa Fe to honor the memory of don Diego de Vargas. The result was a Fiesta Proclamation signed a few days later by Governor José Chacón, Marqués de la Peñuela. Páez Hurtado, a veteran officer and former acting governor wished to perpetuate the memory of his commander, don Diego de Vargas who died eight years earlier. In 1693, under Vargas' leadership, Spanish settlers returned to New Mexico after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in which some 400 settlers, 21 friars and many Christian Indians died. Vargas' accomplishments in balancing peace and diplomacy with military strength as well as his devotion to La Conquistadora were not to be forgotten. The fiesta tradition that originated in 1712 continues to the present day. Fiestas in observance of Vargas' resettlement of New Mexico are celebrated each September in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Fiesta Council
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1712.
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35° 41.223′ N, 105° 56.163′ 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 left 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. 1777 (here, next to this marker); 1827 (here, next to this marker); 1788 (here, next to this marker); 1630 (here, next to this marker); 1850 (here, next to this marker); 1848 (here, next to this marker); 1998 (here, next to this marker); Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
1712 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
2. 1712 Marker
The marker is the second of eight markers in this semicircle in Cathedral Park, just south of East Palace Avenue.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Dec. 5, 2023