Historical Documents Point to Introduction of Wild Horses as Early as 1540…

New Press Release from the Conquistador Program:

Historical Documents Point to Introduction of Wild Horses in Apache Sitgreaves National Forests by Coronado Expedition as Early as 1540

Compelling evidence discovered dating first introduction of Apache Sitgreaves wild horses to 1540 Coronado expedition

(Phoenix, AZ, May 14, 2010) Recent research by a Conquistador Program representative has led to the discovery of several books by authorities on the 1540 expedition of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado.  This material presents compelling evidence that Coronado, in his expedition to the Cibolas in New Mexico, spent a considerable amount of time on the Mogollon rim, traveling near to what is now Pinetop, McNary, Vernon and St. Johns on his way to New Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Gold.  There also is considerable evidence from this material and muster logs of the 1540 Coronado expedition that the explorers had scores of Spanish horses as mounts and additional horses handled by servants as remounts much the same as Father Eusebio Kino who also brought horses to the area in the 17th century. Continued here…

Photo by Gerri Wager, April 2010

Photo by Gerri Wager, April 2010

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