Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Captain Diego Arias de Quiros
Location. 35° 41.247′ N, 105° 56.218′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is on East Palance Avenue just west of Cathedral Place, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 E Palace Ave, 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 Building Stood Here Before 1680 (a few steps from this marker); Sena Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Diego de Vargas Zapata Luján Ponce de León, El Marques de la Nava de Barcinas (within shouting distance of this marker); Hitching Post at the End of the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Santa Fe’s First Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Kateri Tekakwitha Fray Angélico Chávez (about 300 feet away); Annexation of New Mexico (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
More about this marker. “De Vargas” on the plaque refers to Don Diego de Vargas (1643–1704) a Spanish governor of the New Spain territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México, today the US states of New Mexico and Arizona. He is known for leading the reconquest of the territory in 1692 following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
Also see . . . The Reconquista of New Mexico. by Vikki Gray and Angela Lewis.
“The second portion of the Reconquista was far from peaceful. In 1693, de Vargas returned to El Paso, and by October, was on his way back with seventy Spanish families, eighteen Franciscan friars, and a number of Tlaxlacan allies to begin the re-colonization of New Mexico. But by this time, the Pueblos had experienced second thoughts, and when the colonists arrived at Santa Fe in December, they found the city once again fortified.
“For two weeks, the Spanish colonists camped outside the city while de Vargas attempted to persuade the Indians to surrender. Finally, without a peaceful solution at hand, a decision was reached to take Santa Fe by force. Santa Fe was taken after a fierce battle that lasted two days. Afterwards, seventy Pueblo defenders were executed and several hundred captured men, women, and children sentenced to ten years servitude. The peaceful Reconquista was over. ” (Submitted on May 27, 2012.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.