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Fiesta royalty complete Don Diego de Vargas' Mission

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:18 pm

The man in full military regalia is on his knees before a 31-inch-high wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. He prays, he pleads, he promises that he will proclaim a special ceremony honoring Our Lady — one that will echo through the ages — if he is able to reclaim the disputed territory of northern New Mexico for Spain.

It is 1693, and Spanish Territorial Governor General Don Diego de Vargas is attempting a second entry into Santa Fe in as many years. He and his troops had first returned to northern New Mexico in 1692, after the Spanish spent 12 years in exile in Mexico and what became Texas, when they were defeated in the only successful American Indian revolt, the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.

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