Monday, August 12, 2013

The forgotten war

While walking around the plaza in Santa Fe, I realized why James W. Loen wrote his book, Lies Across America. That book reports on the historical inaccuracies on historical markers in all the states.
     There at my feet, in authoritative bronze, a historical marker in the Santa Fe sidewalk asserted that the first war between Europeans and the Native Americans was the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
     Numerous battles took place before then, of course, but they were not "named" wars as such. So I'll give the Santa Fe plaque a little leeway there. However, there were at least three wars with names fought before the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
     The Tiguex War, discussed in my novel Winter of the Metal People, was fought in 1540 -- which was 140 years before the Pueblo Revolt. The Pequot War was fought in the East 43 years before the Pueblo Revolt, and King Philip's War was fought five years before.
     So, James Loen, you can now add another historically inaccurate marker in the next edition of your book.

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