Mesa Talk

The Comanche Expansion

Of The Eighteenth Century

Presented by Charles Nicholas Saenz, Ph.D. an Associate Professor of History at Adams State University. During the 1760s and 1770s, the present Los Luceros Historic Site was situated amid the thrust of a forceful Comanche expansion into northern New Mexico. While powerful raids provoked a defensive crisis, they also stimulated new social partnerships that were central to the region's prosperity in later years. This lecture seeks to understand those events as they relate to the growth of Los Luceros in the nineteenth century.