SANTA FE PIONEERS TRICKED INTO SURRENDERING

by Bartee Haile 

Just as the Mexican officer repeated his request on Sep. 24, 1841 that the 97 Texans lay down their guns, a missing comrade mysteriously appeared and insisted the wild goose chase into New Mexico was not worth the loss of a single life. The blood had hardly dried on the battlefield at San Jacinto, when the new Republic declared the Rio Grande to be its western boundary. It was no coincidence that the claim encompassed the 300 year old settlement of Santa Fe, end of the famous trail that every year attracted $200 million in trade.

 

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