Coronado, Onate, and the Mixton War


Explore the war that defined the culture history of Mexico and the future of New Mexico.


The Mixton War, which occurred between 1540 and 1542, was a rebellion by Native American peoples against the Spanish. It was a brutal war fought on the fringes of what was then northwest New Spain. Few New Mexicans have ever heard of it. Yet, the figures of the war and the events that occurred leading up to it, during it, and in its immediate aftermath factor very heavily in New Mexico’s history. This presentation explores the war in-depth.

Program Duration: 45-90 minutes

Program Targeted to: 12th Grade+, College, and Adults


Additional information


Coronado Historic Site


Social Studies


Anthropology, Archaeology, History

Age Group

9th – 12th Grade, College, Adult