New Mexico’s Stormy History – Book Signing At Bodes
Elmer Eugene Maestas will sign his book, New Mexico’s Stormy History, from 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Bodes General Store in Abiquiu, N.M. The event is coupled with a wine tasting with Wines of the San Juan winery.
U.S. Navy Master Chief of 30 years, Elmer Eugene Maestas, set sail on a serious study of his family’s roots after his late brother’s trip through Spain years earlier had failed to turn up even one Maestas. Learning his Maestas surname was originally Mestas, Elmer discovered his ancestors had come from Spain and later soldiered with General de Vargas, who led the reconquest of New Mexico after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Maestas learned that he was a 10th generation Spanish descendant whose forefathers had earned not one, but two land grants. He and his family knew nothing about them – and not much more about New Mexico’s “stormy” history.
Could your family have a fascinating history or maybe a land grant or two? Answer these questions:
- Does your surname sound Spanish?
- Do you have relatives in northern New Mexico, southern Colorado or beyond?
- Does someone you care about have these family traits?
- Do you know about New Mexico’s “stormy” early history?
This book will take you on a trip through the ages in the Land of Enchantment and reveal the names and whereabouts of many early Spanish settlers and soldiers. Even if you don’t discover your land grant (which you might wish you hadn’t), you will learn much about the fascinating history of the great state of New Mexico.