Statue of Don Diego de Vargas in Santa Fe, NM

Statue of Don Diego de Vargas in Santa Fe
Statue of Don Diego de Vargas on the grounds of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The building in the background is the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

If you think there were a lot of words in the name of the church where this statue stands, check out Don’s entire name – Don Diego de Vargas Zapata y Luján Ponce de León y Contreras. Don was a Spanish Governor, ruling over the area which is now Arizona and New Mexico, from 1692 to 1696 and 1703 to 1704. He’s famous for retaking the area after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. A plaque below the statue reads, Don Diego de Vargas’ arrival as governor “marked the beginning of a critical episode of New Mexico’s restoration, resulting in a remarkable reconciliation with Pueblo Indian leaders…..Together these men forged a lasting peace that has endured more than three hundred years”.

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