October 15, 2021

Today in History: New Mexico

Last Updated on November 5, 2020

map of New Mexican missions
Today in History–September 21–the Library of Congress features New Mexico. On this day in 1595, Don Juan de Oñate’s petition and contract for the conquest of New Mexico was presented to Luís de Velasco, the viceroy of Nueva Vizcaya. The petition was ultimately granted and Oñate’s expedition set out in 1598. A brutal leader, Oñate was later stripped of his position, fined, and banned in perpetuity from New Mexico. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about the culture and history of New Mexico through the review of primary sources.

New Mexico stories from America’s Library

Exploration & early settlement of the Southwest

New Mexico primary source set with Teacher’s Guide

New Mexico maps

New Mexico books & articles

New Mexico historical newspapers

New Mexico correspondence & manuscripts

New Mexico oral histories & songs

WPA Life Histories from New Mexico

New Mexico films (1898-1916)

New Mexico images from American Memory

More New Mexico images

New Mexico legislation

New Mexico Guide to Law Online

New Mexico state government election web archive: 2004 and 2006

More U.S. state primary source collections

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