Thursday, December 28, 2006

From the El Presidio District



These images are from the El Presidio District. Tucson was a Tohono O'odham settlement, having been occupied for thousands of years by various native groups, when the Spanish came. They built a Presidio there, at the end of a chain of forts extending up from Mexico. The new Presidio of San Agustín del Tuquison was literally at the end of the world as they knew it.

The site was selected by Don Hugo O'Conor, an Irishman, in 1775. O'Conor had served in New Spain as commander of a Presidio and governor of Texas before being promoted to inspector of military presidios and had a long history of fighting the Apaches tribes, who were the primary reason the Spanish felt a need for defensive forts. He was nicknamed El Capitán Colorado because of his red hair.

4 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

Louz, both your photos and your history lessons are appreciated!!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Louz said...

Kate, The history fascinates me. An Irishman who became a conquistador, that seems like a a curious thing to me. Why did he make that choice? On the other hand its maybe more to read than a lot of folks want with these daily photos, not to mention language barriers.

11:26 AM  
Blogger DaveM said...

Interesting pictures. I like the one with the door decorations.

12:17 PM  
Blogger DaveM said...

Interesting pictures. I like the one with the door decorations.

12:18 PM  

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