October 17 (October 7, o.s.)

New Mexico: Governor Vargas departs from Santa Fe with his soldiers to make a second attempt at pacifying Pecos Pueblo.  His allies from the local pueblos, who were originally going to accompany him, end up having to stay home because the weather is bad and they have not yet harvested their crops, which would likely be destroyed if they are away for an extended period.

The expedition reaches Pecos around 2:00 pm.  The people of the pueblo are there to greet them with a very large cross that they have made.  This is in stark contrast to Vargas’s first visit to Pecos on September 23, when the people fled to the mountains upon hearing of his approach.  This time they seem to have been reassured by their allies at Taos, who made peace with Vargas on October 8.  Vargas explains his mission through the interpreters, then pardons the people for their disloyalty in the revolt of 1680.  The priests accompanying him then grant the people absolution.  Next the priests baptize 248 people of all ages and both sexes.

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Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 12:00 am  Comments Off on October 17 (October 7, o.s.)  
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