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Santiago de Querétaro in Municipality of Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

St. James the Pilgrim

 
 
St. James the Pilgrim Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2016
1. St. James the Pilgrim Marker
Inscription.
Santiago Peregrino
El 25 de julio de 1531, en el momento alcido de la batalla por la
conquista española de Querétaro el sol se oscurecio y aparecieron
en el cielo las estrellas, una gran cruz luminosa y el señor Santiago
montado en un brioso caballo branco.

Una vez conquistada la región, Santiago el Mayor bajo del caballo
para peregrinar por nuestros pueblos y villas. Portaba en su baculo
un guaje colmado de “agua de vida eterna” para regalo de los
habitantes de esta región.

H. Ayuntamiento de Queretaro
2003-2008

English translation:
St. James the Pilgrim
On July 25, 1531, at the height of the battle for the Spanish conquest of Querétaro, the sun darkened and stars appeared in the sky, followed by a large, luminous cross with St. James mounted on a spirited white horse. Once the region had been conquered, St. James the Great came down from his horse and went on a pilgrimage of our towns and villages. He carried his staff and a gourd full of "water of eternal life" as a gift for the inhabitants of this region.

The Honorable City Council of Queretaro
2003-2008

 
Erected by Ayuntamiento de Querétaro de 2003-2008.
 
Location.
St. James the Pilgrim Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2016
2. St. James the Pilgrim Marker
20° 35.941′ N, 100° 22.146′ W. Marker is in Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, in Municipality of Querétaro. Marker is on Calzada de los Arcos just west of Calle Villa de los Arcos, in the median. Touch for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of the Workers of Hércules (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); The Aqueduct of Querétaro (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Ignacio Pérez (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Epigmenio González (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Ignacio Mariano de las Casas (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Octavio S. Mondragón Guerra (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santiago de Querétaro.
 
Regarding St. James the Pilgrim. The marker obviously describes events that are apocryphal. The described conquest of Querétaro on the appropriately named Hill of Bad Blood (Cerro de Sangremal), where the Spanish defeated the indigenous groups of the area, are remarkably similar to the fictional Battle of Clavijo, which supposedly took place in 844 in Spain. The overall symbolism is that the Spanish defeat of Muslims in order to regain Spain was somehow similar to the defeat of the indigenous of Mesoamerica in the formation of the New Spain that is now
St. James the Pilgrim Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2016
3. St. James the Pilgrim Marker
The marker and statue are located on the median of a very busy road coming from the Querétaro International Airport and Tequisquiapan area into the city of Querétaro.
Mexico.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWars, Non-US
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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