Domingo Naranjo

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Domingo Naranjo

Birthplace: Taos, Nuevo México, Nueva España
Death: Died in Taos, Nuevo México, Nueva España
Immediate Family:

Son of Freed black slave and Indian woman
Husband of Ana Lopez
Father of Bartolomé Naranjo; José López Naranjo and Lucas Naranjo

Managed by: Felipe Miguel Garcia
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About Domingo Naranjo

Domingo Naranjo born c. 1644 at Taos, New Mexico, New Spain, died before 1696 at Taos, New Mexico, New Spain

Domingo was the son of a freed black slave and an Indian woman. He is believed to have been one of the instigators of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 in New Mexico. His son, José, however, would eventually work for Vargas during the Reconquista.

According to Fray Angelico Chavez:

"Domingo Naranjo was an Indian of New Spain who cast his lot with the Taos Indians when the Pueblos rebelled against the Spanish colony in 1680. He seemed to have died by the time Vargas' Expedition came to Taos in 1696. But a son of his, Jose Lopez Naranjo, "lobo de Yndio mulato," had joined the Spainards."

Chavez suggests that tolerant Franciscans gave the Pueblos no cause for revolt. Pueblo leaders claimed religious persecution as a pretext to gain "power and revenge." And those Pueblo leaders, he concludes, were mestizos (or coyotes as they were also called in New Mexico) rather than pure-blooded Pueblos. Chavez identifies one mixed-blood leader in particular, Domingo Naranjo, as the leader of the Pueblo Revolt.


What Caused the Pueblo Revolt of 1680? Boston and New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. xii + 130 pp. $10.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-312-19174-0.

Historian Fray Angélico Chávez argues that Domingo Naranjo, a mulatto, masterminded the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 by presenting himself as Pohé-yemo (Pope), a key figure in Pueblo cosmology.

New Mexico History - Pueblo Revolt of 1680

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Domingo Naranjo's Timeline

Taos, Nuevo México, Nueva España
Age 16
Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Age 18
Age 52
Taos, Nuevo México, Nueva España