On this date in 1689, Zia Pueblo was laid waste by the Spanish.
The Zia symbol graces the flag of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. School children pledge, “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.”
But on August 27, 1689, six-hundred men of Zia lay slain, at least seventy enslaved, while the survivors, men, women, elders, and children, sat atop Cerro Colorado, watching their pueblo burn. From this promontory they watched the Spanish soldiers and waited for a chance to reclaim the bodies of their relatives.
The people of Zia stayed atop their natural citadel for several years.