University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Juan Domínguez de Mendoza Diary, 1683-1684



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mendoza, Juan Domínguez de, b. 1631
Creator:
Creator:
Title: Mendoza, Juan Domínguez de, Diary
Dates: 1683-1684
Abstract: The Juan Domínguez de Mendoza Diary, 1683-1684, consists of a Photostat copy of Mendoza’s diary detailing the expedition to the San Clemente River.
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in 1631, Juan Domínguez de Mendoza likely viewed more of the Texas plains than any previous Spanish explorer. Mendoza accompanied Diego de Guadalajara’s expedition from Santa Fe to the juncture of the Concho River near present-day San Angelo, however, little else about the expedition is known. He later served as lieutenant general and maestre de campo in New Mexico, where Mendoza was instrumental in countering the Pueblo Indian revolt of 1680, though eventually the Spaniards were forced to withdraw to the El Paso area. Three years later, Mendoza and Fray Nicolás López began an expedition to establish trade, found missions, and explore new territory. The group eventually reached the San Clemente River, where they spent six weeks. However, the location of the river and the route that Mendoza took has remained controversial. Mendoza returned to El Paso intending to settle more missions, but Indian revolts prevented this.


Scope and Contents

The Juan Domínguez de Mendoza Diary, 1683-1684, consists of a Photostat copy of Mendoza’s diary detailing the expedition to the San Clemente River.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Domínguez de Mendoza, Juan, b. 1631 -- Archives
Places
Texas -- Discovery and exploration -- Sources
Texas -- History -- To 1846 -- Sources

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Juan Domínguez de Mendoza Diary, 1683-1684, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2Q234 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza Diary, 1683-1684