The Mexican Inquisition in Early Eighteenth-Century New Mexico

Linda Tigges & Richard Salazar

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

Mexican InquisitionMexican InquisitionPhoto compliments of Linda Tigges
Mexican InquisitionPhoto compliments of Linda Tigges


The Mexican Inquisition in Early Eighteenth-Century New Mexico, presented by Linda Tigges at the School for Advanced Research on November 11, 2014.

Early eighteenth-century documents in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico and Mexico City describe the inquisition investigations by the Franciscans into witchcraft, dress, marriage and bigamy, and other aspects of moral behavior of the New Mexico residents. Documents discussed will include the reading of the Edict of Faith, Pedro Garcia Jurado’s punishment for braiding his hair, the church door clash between Governor Bustamante and Padre Guerrero, and a minor matter of sexual witchcraft.

Linda Tigges is a former land planner now doing research on the Spanish Colonial period. Richard Salazar is the retired director of the Archival Services Division of the New Mexico State Records Center. Tigges and Salazar have collaborated on the book, Spanish Colonial Lives, 1704-1774, and are currently working on a sequel, Lives of Spanish Colonial Women.

Sponsored by SAR President’s Council

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