Thursday, October 20, 2011
ILL FATED INSCRIPTIONIST
The inscription reads, "We, Sergeant Major and Captain Juan de Arechuleta and Adjutant Diego Martin Barba and Ensign Agustin Agustin de Ynojos, passed by here, in the year of 1636." Back in that time period a Sergeant Major was not an enlisted man as he would be now, he was an officer in direct command of troops. The ensign was the standard bearer. Arechuleta was among the first colonists to come to New Mexico with previous posted governor, Don Juan de Ornate in 1598. Arechuleta and Martin Barba were implicated in a plot to assassinate the colonial governor, Ornate. They were beheaded on Santa Fe's plaza in 1643.