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Last will and testament of Don Diego de Vargas, 1704

Don Diego de Vargas, a Spanish nobleman, came to America seeking glory, increased wealth, and adventure. His moment of glory came in 1692 when he led the reconquest of New Mexico. He died in New Mexico on April 8, 1704, the day after signing this document—his last will and testament.

Don Diego dictated his 20-page will to his secretary. He meticulously provided for his own last rites and burial, the disposition of his belongings, and settlement of his accounts. He signed his title, "Marqués de la Naba de Brazinas."

"I ask as a tribute, a coffin lined with simple woolen cloth, and to be buried with the military honors and privileges due a nobleman of Castille."

Last will and testament of Don Diego de Vargas

Signature page
Penultimate (signature)  page of
Diego De Vargas's last will and testament

Following page
Final  page of Diego De Vargas's
last will and testament
New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series 1

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