Statues - Hither & Thither

United States of America
Santa Fe
New Mexico

Paseo de Peralta / Grant Avenue

The Founding of Santa Fe

Don Pedro de Peralta, founder of Santa Fe, and his engineer
Dave McGary
House Bronze (Lubbock)
1992

Santa Fe /  The Founding of Santa Fe   Santa Fe /  The Founding of Santa Fe

Description

Bronze sculpture of Don Pedro de Peralta on his horse pointing the site to Santa Fe to his engineer, who stands next to the horse. The sculpture is one and one-half times life size, 5½ m (18') high and 6.7 m (22') long.

Inscription(s)

The Founding of Santa Fe
Don Pedro de Peralta
1610

Signature

Dave McGary 1992
house / bronze / lubbock, texas

Information Sign

the city of santa fe
1% for art in public places

"The Founding of Santa Fe"
By
Dave McGary
dedicated to the citizens of santa fe
september 12, 1992
c.i.p. 2008

At the side is a plaque depicting cattle, scales, a plan of the town etc. and a text in Spanish and English:

El 30 de Marzo de 1609 el Virrey de la Nueva España nombró a Don Pedro de Peralta Gobernador y
Capitán General del Nuevo México, ordenándole que debería salir para Nuevo México con la mayor
brevedad con doce soldados y religiosos. Fué ordenado que en ruta no se causarían inquietudes ní
daños a los Indios y que se pagaría justo precío por el sustento y ayuda que le diesen. Debería de llevar
consigo caballos y boyada y una cantidad de herramientas y demás apero necesario para las labranzas.
Antes de todo se le ordenó que fundase la Villa de Santa Fé. Los habitantes de esa Villa tendrían el
derecho de eligir sus regidores y alcaldes, quienes juzgarían los casos criminales y civiles que
ocurriesen en la Villa y cercanías. El cabilde podría elegir un alguacil y un escribano y hacer
ordenanzas. Estos oficiales no podrían tener jurisdicción sobre los Indios. Sólo el Gobernador y sy
lugarteniente tendrián dicha jurisdicción.
A cada vecino de la Villa se le señalaría solares para casa, jardin, huertas, viñedos, olivares y cuatro
caballerías para sembrar con el agua para su riego. La Villa se dividiría en seis distritos y una plaza
donde se construirían las Casas Reales.
El nuevo Gobernador se le encargó que consultase con los religioses y civiles en comúnacuerdo. Fué
advertido que procediese con gran consideración y maduro consejo.
On March 30, 1609, the Viceroy of New Spain appointed Don Pedro de Peralta Governor and
Captain General of New Mexico, instructing him to proceed to New Mexico with greatest dispatch
accompanied by twelve soldiers and priests. Instructions were that en route Indians were not to be
harmed and just prices were to be paid for all sustenance and help. He was to take horses and livestock
and a quantity of tools and implements for farming.
Above all, Peralta was ordered to found the Villa of Santa Fe. The inhabitants thereof were
empowered to elect their own aldermen and mayors, who were to try civil and criminal cases arising
in the town and surrounding area. The town council was to elect a constable and scribe, and pass
ordinances. These officials had no jurisdiction over Indians. Only the Governor and his lieutenant
were to have such powers.
Each resident of the Villa was alloted lots for a house, garden, orchards, vineyards and olive groves,
and four tracts for crops with water for irrigation. The Villa was to be divided into six districts and one
plaza for the Royal buildings.
The new Governor was instructed to consult closely with religious and civic leaders, and carry out
policies by common consent. He was admonished to proceed with great care and mature consideration.

Annotation

The monument was installed and dedicated during Fiesta Days in September 1992.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 35°41'30" W 105°56'21"

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