Sat 6 Aug, 2011 08:50 am
While the official American Revolutionary War may have begun in Massachusetts in 1775, you may be surprised to learn the first American Revolution began in the land now known as New Mexico almost 100 years earlier.
The Pueblo Revolt started on August 10, 1680, and resulted in a total victory for the Pueblos over Spanish colonizers. Some priests were killed, and the rest of the entire Spanish population of about 3,400 people beat a hasty retreat to the now El Paso, Texas and stayed there for over a decade.
This historic victory is being commemorated in New Mexico on August 10th on its 331st anniversary.
Jemez Monument consists of the remains of Guisewa, an ancestral village of the present day Jemez Pueblo which is located in Walatowa, 12 miles south. The most striking feature is the church, Mission San Jose de los Jemez. Thought to have been built starting in 1621, almost 400 years ago), the sanctuary features adobe walls six to eight feet thick, as well as an impressive octagonal bell tower. The village of Guisewa was even older, having been occupied since about 1500.