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The Journals of Diego de Vargas

University of New Mexico

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Diego de Vargas Zapata y Luján Ponce de León y Contreras (born in Spain, 1643–1704) was 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 most famous for leading the reconquest of the territory in 1692 following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The English-language edition of the journals and other papers from 1680 to 1710 were gathered from scattered sources in the United States, Spain, and Mexico. The documents describe the rebellions of most native peoples in the 1690s, and reflect how their resistance, accommodation, and struggle for survival helped define the Native American and Hispanic culture that flourishes today. The titles were published separately as Force of Arms, To the Royal Crown Restored, Blood on the Boulders, That Disturbances Cease, and A Settling of Accounts, along with a cumulative index.

Complete in six volumes

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Oil on canvas portrait of Diego de Vargas by Julio Barrera, date unknown, from the collection of the Palace of the Governors


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