The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 94
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acts of the Cabildo of Santa F6; sworn declarations of wit-
nesses to events; orders of the governor; letters written by
him, Father Ayeta, and other persons prominent in the period;
proceedings of juntas, or councils, held to discuss the difficulties;
acts of the government at Mexico, etc. Those covering the period
1680-1682 consist of 243 folios, or twice that number of pages,
small folio size, of original manuscript. They are contained in
two expedientes, or groups, of documents. The first is entitled:
Auttos tocantes; al Alsamiento de los Yndios de la Provincia de
la Nueba Mexico.' The title of the second is: Autos Pertene-
cientes a el alamiento de los Yndos de la Proua del Nuevo
Mexico y la entrada, Y sub esos de ella que se higo para su recu-
peracion.2 These documents were found several years ago in the
archives of Mexico by Dr. Herbert E. Bolton, and a complete tran-
script of them, as well as of those for the period following, have
been secured by him.8 The two expedientes are cited hereinafter
as Auttos tocantes and Autos Pertenecientes, respectively.
There are indications that Bandelier, the authority on matters
pertaining to early New Mexico, has had access to these docu-
ments, but as he has not yet revealed the source or the exact
nature of his materials for this period, this fact has not been
determined.' At any rate, no published history of the revolt has
been based upon the original autos. In contrast with these, the
'It is further described as Num 27. de los Papeles del Supor. Govno.
Ago de 1681. Segundo quaderno de Numo. 6. Pa. remitir a leon. Srio.
Don Pedro Valesques de la Cadena. Empediente no. 6. N. fojas 123.
"It is further described as Varios Hechos de los Indios de Nuevo Mejico
Numo 2o Ago de 1682 Expediente no. 2 y fojas 120. Srio. D. Pedro
Valasquez de la Cadena.
8The transcripts were made under the immediate supervision of Mr. W.
E. Dunn, Dr. Bolton's assistant in the Mexican archives. The manu-
script of these autos is very hard to decipher, and no small credit is due
to Mr. Dunn and his co-laborer, Miss Dolores Hurtado, for their excellent
and expert work in helping to make these manuscripts available.
'After this paper had been written, Bandelier published his "Biblio-
graphical Introduction" to a Documentary History of the Rio Grande
Pueblos of New Mexico (Papers of the American School of Archaeology,
Number Thirteen). In that paper he mentions in a general way docu-
ments in the archives of Mexico relating to the revolt of 1680, but gives
no definite statement of their character. Bandelier (op. cit., p. 15) says
that "we must remain more or less in the dark as to the conditions and
the details of events prior to 1692." From this we infer that he has not
seen the many hundreds of pages of original documents in the Mexican
archives dealing specifically with New Mexico between 1680 and 1692.
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