Sunday, October 23, 2011


The only poem on the rock, in translation, reads: "The Lord and Governor Don Francisco Manuel de Silva Nieto came this far with our Lord King's wagons. With his indubitable arm and valor,  he has already overcome the impossible, a thing which he alone accomplished 5 August 1629 so that one may well proceed to Zuni and carry the Holy Faith." Nieto was a knight of the Order of Alcantara. He was appointed governor in 1628 and served from 1629 to 1632. Controversy surrounds Nieto to what kind of a man he was, some scholars say that he was well liked while others state that he was so disliked that he was murdered by his own servant.

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