Armijo, Manuel (1801–1853)

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Armijo, Manuel (1801–1853)

Manuel Armijo (b. 1801; d. 1853), governor of New Mexico (1836–1846). Armijo's administration was notable mainly for its opposition to Anglo-American incursions. He sought to control the illegal activities of American trappers, and in 1841 he led the Mexican forces that defeated a group of Texans, led by General Hugh McLeod, who sought to conquer New Mexico. In 1846 Armijo led the Mexican army that opposed the invasion of the province by General Stephen W. Kearny. In the face of superior U.S. forces, he abandoned the defense of the territory and fled to Mexico, where he remained.

See alsoNew Mexico .


Ralph Emerson Twitchell, The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, 5 vols. (1911–1917), and The Conquest of Santa Fe, 1846, edited by Bill Tate (1967).

Additional Bibliography

Lecompte, Janet. "Manuel Armijo, George Wilkins Kendall, and the Baca-Caballero Conspiracy." New Mexico Historical Review 59 (January 1984): 49-65.

Tyler, Daniel. "New Mexico in the 1820's: The First Administration of Manuel Armijo." Ph.D. diss., University of New Mexico, 1970.

                        Richard Griswold del Castillo

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