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Inscribers at El Morro National Monument

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  • Juan Rodriguez Bellido (1560 - 1627)
    He was a soldier who came with the second wave of settlers who came to New Mexico on Christmas Eve 1600. He was also a member of the loyalist group that stayed in New México while many coloniest return...
  • Bartolomé Romero (1602 - 1643)
    Served in the Royal Spanish Army with distinction, and went on to become the Alcade mayor of Santa Fe. The name "Bartolome Lopez Romero," inscribed on El Morro (Inscription Rock, southwest of Grants), ...
  • Conquistador Juan "El Mozo" de Oñate Salazar, Conquistador of New Mexico (c.1552 - 1626)
    Source for dates-- ; also Nuevas Leyes de Las Minas de España; 1625 Edicion de Juan de Oñate, introduction, p. 8.Half brother of Magdalena Mendoza de SalazarHe is the twin brother of Cristóbal Pérez de...
  • Felipe Antonio de Cisneros (c.1660 - 1706)
    Antonio de Cisneros born c. 1660, died August 9, 1706, killed by Apaches and buried beneath the church on the epistle side of the sanctuary, Zuñi , Nuevo México, Nueva EspañaBorn likely in 1660 or 1661...

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This project identifies people who have made inscriptions at El Moro.


El Morro National Monument is located on an ancient east-west trail in western New Mexico. The main feature of this National Monument is a great sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base. As a shaded oasis in the western U.S. desert, this site has seen many centuries of travelers. The remains of a mesa top pueblo are atop the promontory where between about 1275 to 1350 AD, up to 1500 people lived in this 875 room pueblo. The Spaniard explorers called it El Morro (The Headland). The Zuni Indians call it "A'ts'ina" (Place of writings on the rock). Anglo-Americans called it Inscription Rock. Travelers left signatures, names, dates, and stories of their treks. While some of the inscriptions are fading, there are still many that can be seen today, some dating to the 17th century. Some petroglyphs and carvings were made by the Anasazi centuries before Europeans started making their mark.

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