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Battle of Cañada
Part of the Taos Revolt
Mexican-American War
A page from Colonel Price's report showing troop movements.
A page from Colonel Price's report showing troop movements.
DateJanuary 24, 1847
LocationSanta Cruz, New Mexico
Result United States victory
Belligerents
United States United States Mexico Mexico
Commanders and leaders
United States Sterling Price
United States John Burgwin
United States Ceran St. Vrain
Mexico Pablo Chavez
Mexico Pablo Montoya
Mexico Jesus Tafoya
Mexico Don Diego Archuleta [1]
Strength
~350 [2] 2,000 [3]
Casualties and losses
2 killed
6 wounded[4]
36 killed
45 wounded [5]



The Battle of Cañada was part of the Taos Revolt, a popular insurrection against the American occupation of New Mexico by Mexicans and Pueblo Indians. It took place on January 24, 1847, during the Taos Revolt, a conflict of the Mexican-American War.

Battle[]

Insurgents, Mexicans and Pueblo Indians in New Mexico under the leadership of Pablo Chavez, Pablo Montoya, Jesus Tafoya and Diego Archuleta, began marching south toward the American-held city of Santa Fe. Before reaching their destination, they would be intercepted by the American garrison of Santa Fe, resulting in battle.

Colonel Sterling Price, commander of the U.S. forces in Santa Fe, heard of this insurgent movement and assembled a force of about 365 soldiers and militia to march north and intercept them. Price met the large insurgent force on a hilltop position near the presidio town of Santa Cruz de la Cañada. Price attacked and drove off the insurgents inflicting 36 deaths, including Jesus Tafoya, one of the leaders. The Mexicans retreated to strategic pass that guarded the principal route to Taos. A few days later Price again defeated the insurgents at the Battle of Embudo Pass and drove them back into fortifications at Pueblo de Taos.

See also[]

References[]

  1. Horgan, Paul, ‘’Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History, Volume Two’’, Rinehart & Company, Inc. New York, 1954, P. 766
  2. Horgan, Paul, ‘’Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History, Volume Two’’, Rinehart & Company, Inc. New York, 1954, P. 766
  3. Horgan, Paul, ‘’Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History, Volume Two’’, Rinehart & Company, Inc. New York, 1954, P. 766
  4. Roll of Honor
  5. Lavash, Donald R., ‘’A Journey Through New Mexico History’’, Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1993 p. 133
  • Frazier, Donald S., editor The United States and Mexico at War (1998)
  • Cooke, Philip St. George (1964). The Conquest of New Mexico and California, an Historical and Personal Narrative. Albuquerque, NM: Horn and Wallace. pp. 113–114.

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