Marcos de Niza


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, c.1495–1558, missionary explorer in Spanish North America. A Franciscan friar, he served in Peru and Guatemala before going to Mexico. There he headed an expedition (1539) planned by Antonio de Mendoza, who had been excited by Cabeza de Vaca's stories of
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Marcos de Niza

(mär`kōs dā nē`sä), c.1495–1558, missionary explorer in Spanish North America. A Franciscan friar, he served in Peru and Guatemala before going to Mexico. There he headed an expedition (1539) planned by Antonio de MendozaMendoza, Antonio de
, 1490?–1552, Spanish administrator, first viceroy of New Spain (1535–50) and viceroy of Peru (1551–52). Of noble family, Mendoza held high offices before going to Mexico, where his wise rule earned him the appellation "the good viceroy.
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, who had been excited by Cabeza de Vaca's stories of rich Native American pueblos. Fray Marcos traveled north at least into SE Arizona and perhaps into New Mexico. Probably duped by ZuñiZuñi
, pueblo (1990 pop. 7,405), McKinley co., W N.Mex., in the Zuñi Reservation; built c.1695. Its inhabitants are Pueblo of the Zuñian linguistic family.
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 legends, the friar described with enthusiasm and great inaccuracy the fabulous riches of the Seven Cities of Cibola. They proved to be only fables when Francisco Vásquez de CoronadoCoronado, Francisco Vásquez de
, c.1510–1554, Spanish explorer. He went to Mexico with Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza and in 1538 was made governor of Nueva Galicia.
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 led (1540) his soldiers there. Fray Marcos was dismissed as guide and sent back in disgrace.
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One historical account of Estevanico's death, however, does exist in Fray Marcos de Niza's "Relacion on the Discovery of the Kingdom of Cibola 1530." Fray Marcos de Niza, with whom Estevanico travelled to try to find Cibola, recounts a violent encounter with the Native Americans, after which "we could not see [Estevanico] any more, and wee thinke they have shot him to death [sic]" (130).
Marcos de Niza parodiando a Moises, no habia podido llegar a el.
Las noticias que llegaron a la capital de la Nueva Espana movieron al virrey Antonio de Mendoza a enviar una expedicion en la que Fray Marcos de Niza salio al frente, acompanado por Estebanico y otro fraile y un grupo de indios.
La leyenda de El Dorado de Fray Marcos de Niza, quien se adentro "hasta el Bacapa, rancheria de estas costas ...
1539 Friar Marcos de Niza and Esteban, a slave of the Cabeza de Vaca party, are sent north from Mexico City to investigate the Seven Cities of Cibola.
Surprisingly, prominent protagonists in the history of the Borderlands with strong--yet to this date unexplained--medieval connections, such as Sor Maria de Agreda, Fray Marcos de Niza, Santa Teresita de Cabora, El Nino Fidencio, or El Santo Nino de Atocha, are nowhere to be found in the text.