As part of its speaker series, the Corrales Historical Society will host Spanish Colonial expert and author Linda Tigges, Ph.D., at the San Ysidro Church in Corrales at 2 p.m. April 16.

“Come learn about the fascinating history of ‘The 1712 Albuquerque-Bernalillo Presidio Soldiers and the Manila Galleons.’ Presenter Linda Tigges will discuss and analyze the lives of New Mexican soldiers posted at the New Mexico presidio in Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” CHS said.

According to CHS, Tigges is well known for her scholarship and research on the Spanish Colonial period in New Mexico. This includes research in the Spanish Colonial Archives on topics like the 18th Century Spanish Inquisition, Spanish law in New Mexico, and early and mid-18th century trade. She also volunteers as a docent at Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.

It also says she was a public and then private sector land planner (with her own small business). She moved to Santa Fe in 1979, and then to Albuquerque in 2008. Her work in Santa Fe in the 1980s and 1990s included staffing and preparing archival reports for the historic district and the Archaeological Review Committee, as well as neighborhood and land planning. Published materials are those on the Santa Fe presidio, the presidio horse herds, 1880s Santa Fe land development, and the Camino Real. Her books, as editor with J. Richard Salazar as translator, are “Spanish Colonial Lives: Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705-1774″ and Spanish Colonial Women and the Law: Complaints, Lawsuits, and the Criminal Behavior: Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1697-1749.” Her latest book is “New Mexico Merchants, the Manila Galleons and the Atlantic Trade International and Prestige Goods in New Mexico, 1712-1765.”

“From the return of the Spanish to New Mexico in the later 1600s, members of Bernalillo and Albuquerque families were part of the newly established New Mexico presidio,” CHS said.

The presentation will describe the 100-unit, all-equestrian presidio, its connections to the silver-rich cosmopolitan world of Mexico City and Zacatecas, and introduce some of the soldiers from Albuquerque and Bernalillo. This information comes from the recently translated soldiers’ purchase accounts of the 1712 Santa Fe presidio store, as well as military musters and court documents of soldier-related infractions.

Seating is first-come, first-serve, and capacity is limited to 150. CHS recommends people arrive early.

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