[ unseennewmexico.org ] VERDICT: HE ABSOLUTELY WAS! Juan de Oñate is the source of much controversy in the state of New Mexico. Every year, a fiesta is held in his honor by the community of Española. People parade through the streets dressed as conquistadors, and a "Reina" is elected as part of the fiesta. But … Continue reading Claim: Juan de Oñate was a convicted rapist and murderer who was exiled from New Mexico.
[ unseennewmexico.org ] VERDICT: NO. OF COURSE NOT. DON'T BE RIDICULOUS. In fact, the truth is FAR more fascinating! Perhaps the most pervasive myth among New Mexican Spanish speakers is the notion that New Mexican Spanish is an "archaic" and "pure" form of Spanish. This idea comes from the misconception that New Mexico existed in … Continue reading Claim: New Mexican “hispanos” speak an “ancient” and “pure” form of Spanish.