When Luis de Rosas arrived in Santa Fe in 1637 to be the 10th Spanish governor of New Mexico, the region was already in tumult.

Tensions among Franciscan priests, soldiers, vecinos (citizens), pueblos and government officials were at a boiling point.

Rosas did not help matters.

Rob Martínez, New Mexico’s state historian, writes a column about the state’s rich past every month in The New Mexican.

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