Catholics along the Rio Grande (Images of America) by John Taylor,Richard Melzer

By John Taylor,Richard Melzer

In 1540, Francisco Coronado led a band of squaddies, treasure-seekers, and Franciscan monks and friars into New Mexico, altering the lives of the local americans perpetually. In 1680, under a hundred years after the 1st Spanish colony imposed disorder, serfdom, and zealous non secular oversight at the indigenous peoples, the Pueblos rose up, forcing the Spaniards out. The rebellion, referred to as the Pueblo riot, lasted for 12 years, yet Catholic effect was once reinvigorated following the 1692 Diego De Vargas reconquest. Over the following century, the Franciscans have been progressively relegated to outlying pueblos whereas diocesan clergymen from Mexico and later from France and the us ruled the Church’s growth within the Rio Grande Valley. this present day Catholicism is still robust and colourful in New Mexico, studying the teachings and construction at the foundations from the previous 500 years.

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