Catholics along the Rio Grande

Catholics along the Rio Grande

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Catholics along the Rio Grande by John Taylor

In 1540, Francisco Coronado led a band of soldiers, treasure-seekers, and Franciscan priests and friars into New Mexico, changing the lives of the Native Americans forever. In 1680, less than 100 years after the first Spanish colony imposed disease, serfdom, and zealous religious oversight on the indigenous peoples, the Pueblos rose up, forcing the Spaniards out. The uprising, known as the Pueblo Revolt, lasted for 12 years, but Catholic influence was reinvigorated following the 1692 Diego De Vargas reconquest. Over the next century, the Franciscans were gradually relegated to outlying pueblos while diocesan priests from Mexico and later from France and the United States dominated the Church’s expansion in the Rio Grande Valley. Today Catholicism remains strong and vibrant in New Mexico, learning the lessons and building on the foundations from the past 500 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439624838
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/14/2011
Series: Images of America Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

New Mexico historian John Taylor presents Catholic life along the Rio Grande with a series of seldom-seen images gleaned from sources that include New Mexico archives and several individual collections. Richard Melzer, past president of the New Mexico Historical Society, has written the foreword.

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