December 13 (December 3, o.s.)

Jamaica: The Council orders that Colonel Leonard Claiborne, who has admitted to disobeying orders from his superior officer, be prosecuted at the next general court along with Colonel Christopher Senior and Captain Michael Holdsworth.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas, concerned about the toll his long journey has taken on the expedition’s horses and mules, decides the split the group in two for the last stretch.  He orders his officers to select twenty well-equipped men to go ahead with him and his commanders while Roque Madrid stays behind and leads the remainder of the expedition, including most of the animals, at a more leisurely pace.  Madrid is to plan his journey so that he arrives at El Paso in about ten days, and Vargas leaves him sufficient supplies to do this.  Vargas and his accompanying troops then set out down the river.

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  1. […] Mexico: Roque Madrid, whom governor Vargas left on December 13 with most of the reconquest expedition’s livestock and orders to proceed at a leisurely pace […]


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