Monday, October 31, 2011


To understand this inscription a brief history lesson will be helpful. The translation of  this inscription reads: "On the 23 of  March {or May} of the year 1632 we travel to avenge the death of Father Letrado ..Lujan. In the year 1629 Father Letrado built the earliest mission chapel at Gran Quivira. He was transferred to Zuni in February 1632 and was killed just one week later. On hearing the news, the governor sent a punitive expedition of soldiers, one named Lujan, from Sante Fe to Zuni to pacify the Zunis.

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