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16 June 2012

July 21, 2012 NMGS Program - John Kessell

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the corner of Central and Edith) 

Saturday, July 21, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society

 John Kessell

¡Más Allá!  Don Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco and the 18th-Century Kingdom of New Mexico

From his baptism in northern Spain in 1713 to his marriage in 1741 to Estefanía Domínguez de Mendoza in Chihuahua, we know virtually nothing about Miera y Pacheco.  Yet by the time he died in Santa Fe in 1785 he had expressed himself artistically more notably, worn more hats, drawn more maps, knew  more Indians, and explored more of the Kingdom and Provinces of New Mexico than any vecino before or after him.  He embodied the very soul of eighteenth-century Hispanic New Mexico.

John Kessell, professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico, has written numerous books and articles regarding Spanish Colonial history.  Some of which are:  Kiva, Cross, & Crown, Spain in the Southwest, and Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico.  In addition to which, he was the primary editor on the Vargas Project, a multi volume work of the correspondence of Don Diego de Vargas and the reconquest of NM.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at

This program is free and open to the public

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