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1540

 

—Commemorative Walkway Park —

 
1540 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
1. 1540 Marker
Inscription. Seeking to expand the domain of the King of Spain in 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado led an expedition of over 1,000 men and women north from Mexico into what is now Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The Spanish explorers, in search of the mythical, wealthy “seven cities of Cibola,” found little in the way of precious metals. But perhaps more importantly, they discovered groups of Indians, whom they labeled “Pueblos” due to their concentration in pueblos, or towns.
 
Erected 1986 by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ballen. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 35° 41.353′ N, 105° 56.003′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Paseo de Peralta near Otero Street. Touch for map. It is at Hillside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1598 (a few steps from this marker); 500 A.D. (a few steps from this marker); 1848 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1610 (within shouting distance of this marker); 375th Anniversary of Santa Fe
1540 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
2. 1540 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); 1680 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1821 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); To the Future (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of all 21 markers on Santa Fe’s Commemorative Walkway at Hillside Park. There is a link on the list to a map of all markers on the walkway.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. “Hernando de Alvarado was sent to the east, and found several villages around the Rio Grande. Coronado had one commandeered for his winter quarters, Coofor, which is across the river from present-day Bernalillo near Albuquerque, New Mexico. During the winter of 1540–41, his army found themselves in conflicts with the Rio Grande natives, conflicts that led to the brutal Tiguex War. This war resulted in the destruction of the Tiguex pueblos and the death of hundreds of Native Americans.” (Submitted on August 11, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraExploration
 
The Coronado Expedition, 1540-42 image. Click for full size.
By U.S. National Park Service
3. The Coronado Expedition, 1540-42
Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin via Wikimedia Commons.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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