Solomon leads a fascinating life in New Mexico…
Solomon does not find the El Dorado but works hard and becomes successful. He and his brothers work as merchants, often trading with the indigenous people of the local pueblos.
In particular, they often deal with the Acomas, the Lagunas and the Zunis. The brothers learn the local languages and customs and become an important part of settling the Southwest.
Solomon becomes an important ally of the Acoma Pueblo, fighting on behalf of its territorial rights with the US government and other pueblos. He is trusted, earning the nickname “Don Solomono”. His romance with Juana Valle, grand-daughter of the tribe’s former governor Martin Valle, leads up to marriage.
Despite a bitter dispute with the Indian agent Pedro Sanchez who works on behalf of rival interests, the respect Solomon gains from the Acomas materializes in his appointment as the tribe’s governor. Never has a white man, a Jew above all, served in such a capacity.
JUANA VALLE IS BORN
– Juana is the granddaughter of Martin Valle, former governor of Acoma pueblo
SOLOMON BIBO COMES TO AMERICA
– inspired by tales of his grandfather, Solomon comes to America on a steam boat
SOLOMON MARRIES JUANA VALLE
SOLOMON IS GOVERNOR
– Solomon Bibo serves as Governor of Acoma Pueblo