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Charles “Don Carlos” Beaubien: Trader, Judge, Pioneer

On October 22, 1800, Alexis Hypolite Beaubien was born to two wealthy landowners in Nicolet Quebec. After spending his teen years in the seminary, Alexis followed in family footsteps, and his mother’s wishes, to become an ordained priest.1 A year … Continue reading

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New Mexico Massacre: The Taos Rebellion

It was a gray and bitter morning on February 4, 1847. Colonel Sterling Price and more than 300 American soldiers and vengeful mountain men had the St. Jerome church surrounded. Set in the northwestern corner of the Taos Pueblo, the … Continue reading

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“The Cemetery”

Brown and black shapes appeared in the valley ahead and for a moment Ignasio thought he was looking at a boulder field. Then the shapes took form. Little square hovels, their roofs all caved so that the homes sat like … Continue reading

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