Battle of Cañada at Santa Cruz

The Battle of Cañada at Santa Cruz, New Mexico (January 24, 1847), was part of the popular uprising known as the Taos Revolt in the Mexican-American War.  Abuses by US soldiers against the Mexican citizens and Pueblo Native Americans sparked the fighting.   Charles Bent, the first appointed territorial governor of New Mexico, had earlier requested that the commander “… interpose your authority to compel the soldiers to respect the rights of the inhabitants. These outrages are becoming so frequent that I apprehend serious consequences must result sooner or later if measures are not taken to prevent them.”  The Mexican rebels were defeated by Colonel Spencer Price.

 

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