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Book presentation: Presidio, Soldados del Rey, by author Dr. Jorge Luis Garcia Ruiz

February 24, 2024, 2:00pm

Jorge Luis Garcia Ruiz holds a PhD in Ancient World Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is an archaeologist and historian, but above all, a researcher. Spanish by birth, he now lives in the United States, more specifically, in San Antonio, Texas.
In recent years he has devoted himself to the study of Spanish North America, its history and heritage. With several books published on the subject, now arrives PRESIDIO, in which he reviews extensively the existing documentation on the conquest of North America in its first decades, and he does it with a simple narrative, with the main characters take the floor to narrate the events.

The Presidio was a group of rugged soldiers, a cavalry company, specialized in hand-to-hand combat against the natives. Most of them were local-born, including among them many Christian natives who also served the king. Known as presidiales for almost two centuries, they became known in the 18th century as Dragones de Cuera (Leather Dragoons), when they adopted leather in the irregular equipment, a deerskin armor with up to seven layers of material, which protected them from arrows.

The Presidio of dragoons was the primary tool used to protect the northern frontier of New Spain. Its main mission was to keep the territory in peace, to protect its inhabitants from the hostile natives who plagued the settlements relentlessly, and to try to put a stop to the bloody conflicts in which the indigenous nations fought against each other.

Image Credits: Dr. Jorge Luis Garcia Ruiz and, Design of the uniform of the forces of the cavalry garrisoned on the line of the frontier of the nine internal Provinces of New Spain. Leather-jacket soldier. By Ramón Murillo, 1804. Courtesy of Archivo General de Indias, Sevilla, Spain.

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Poppies Fest 2024

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Saturday, March 9, 10am to 3pm. Fiesta Day.

Saturday, March 16, 10am to 3pm. Folklorico Day.

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