Spanish conquistadors traveling under Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered New Mexico and made it as far as Zuni by AD 1540. It was not until 1583, however, that the Spanish reached what is now El Morro National Monument, which Antonio de Espejo, a man sent in search of members of a previous Spanish expedition into New Mexico, described as El Estanque de Penol (pool at the great rock). Within five years of this recording, Don Juan de Onate officially colonized New Mexico, and on April 16, 1605, inscribed his name on the now famous Inscription Rock. Learn more on the NPS webpage The Spaniards.
  • Iron Object Iron Object
  • Iron Object, Alternate View Iron Object, Alternate View
  • Spanish Rapier Spanish Rapier
  • Spanish Rapier, Inscription "In Solingen" Spanish Rapier, Inscription "In Solingen"
  • Spanish Rapier, Inscription "Gio Knegt" Spanish Rapier, Inscription "Gio Knegt"
  • Spanish Armor Breastplate, Interior Spanish Armor Breastplate, Interior
  • Spanish Armor Breastplate, Exterior Spanish Armor Breastplate, Exterior
  • Santo, Front Santo, Front
  • Santo, Back Santo, Back
  • Santo, Close-up of Face Santo, Close-up of Face
  • Wooden Cross, Front Wooden Cross, Front
  • Wooden Cross, Back Wooden Cross, Back
  • Lance Lance
  • Pikeman's Helmet, Front Pikeman's Helmet, Front
  • Pikeman's Helmet, Back Pikeman's Helmet, Back
  • Dagger Dagger
  • Dagger, Alternate View Dagger, Alternate View
  • Rosary Rosary
  • San Ysidro Santo San Ysidro Santo
  • San Ysidro Santo, Alternate View San Ysidro Santo, Alternate View
  • 1727 Prayer Book 1727 Prayer Book
  • 1727 Prayer Book, Dedication Page 1727 Prayer Book, Dedication Page
  • 1727 Prayer Book, Title Page 1727 Prayer Book, Title Page
  • Lead Musket Ball Lead Musket Ball
  • Lead Musket Ball Lead Musket Ball
  • Cast Iron Dragon, Interior Cast Iron Dragon, Interior
  • Cast Iron Dragon, Exterior Cast Iron Dragon, Exterior