The Murder of Don Antonio Juarez Chavez

Apr 15, 2019


Lecture by Tony Juarez

On the Santa Fe Trail near Lyons, Kansas, in 1843, the Republic of Texas militia murdered Don Antonio Jose Chavez, a prominent Republic of Mexico citizen, in cold blood. An international incident on US territory, the murder threatened the emerging commerce between the United States and Mexico. Quick action and swift justice for the murderers helped resolve the situation. Ultimately, President Sam Houston signed a Proclamation of Armistice between Texas and the Republic of Mexico. The border reopened, and merchant traffic on the Santa Fe Trail resumed—with military escorts. Tony Juarez is the fourth great-grandson of Don Antonio Juarez Chavez.