San Elizario in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Espejo Beltran Expedition - 1582-1583
The expedition departed the mining outpost of Bartolome in November 1582. By the following January they had reached the El Paso area. In present New Mexico they learned that Fray Rodriguez and Fray Lopez had been killed by Indians. Fray Beltran led a small party back to Mexico, but Espejo and several companions stayed to check the Indian stories of silver mines and wealthy pueblos. On their journey the Spaniards became the first explorers in the region from the Pecos River Valley to the Junta de Los Rios, the junction of the Choncho River and the Rio Grande. The reports of their explorations further heightened the interest in the area.
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1503.)
Marker series. Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583 marker series.
Location. 31° 35.118′ N, 106° 16.381′ W. Marker is in San Elizario, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Elizario Road and Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1521 San Elizario Road, San Elizario TX 79849, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan de Onate Expedition - 1598 (here, next to this marker); Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedition - 1581 (here, next to this marker); San Elizario (here, next to this marker); Salt War (here, next to this marker); The Camino Real (here, next to this marker); San Elizario Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); The First Thanksgiving (here, next to this marker); Los Portales (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Elizario.
Also see . . . Espejo Beltran Expedition. The expedition of twelve soldiers, Espejo, the friars, servants, 115 horses and mules, left San Bartolomé November 10, 1582. In addition to their mission to find if any friars remained alive, Espejo also hoped to investigate the mining prospects in the region. (Submitted on November 22, 2010.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration •
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