The Coats of Arms of Mexico
Spanish Arms unlike other European Arms were achieved through military actions
and can be passed down through Maternal ancestors.
The following 144 men received Coat(s) of Arms from the King of Spain between 1525 and 1589.
Twenty two of these men were Native American Nobles and have the title "Don" preceding their
Historical Backgroun: the Meshica (Aztec) and the Tlaxcalans along with other neighboring tribes
were bitter enemies. After creating an alliance with the Tlaxcalans and solidifying a relation-
ship with Moctezumas daughter and the Meshica, Cortes was free to renew his alliance with the
Tlaxcala once war with the Meshica broke out. Without the Tlaxcala Cortes would have never conquered
Mexico. After the Conquest Tlaxcalan nobles were rewarded with land and Arms. This close relationship
between the Tlaxcalans and Spanish remained through the Colonial period. The relationship was such that
whenever the Spanish encountered problems with hostile tribes they would reward the Tlaxcala with land
and provisions to accompany the Spanish and assist in settlement. This occurred in Northern Mexico
where many ancestors were from early Tlaxcalan and Spanish settlers.
These Arms were for their part in the Conquest of Mexico.
List of Those Who Received Coats of Arms for the Conquest
* Source of the above names: Garcia, Carlos M."Cedulario Heraldico de Conquistadores de Nueva Espana"
Aguila, Don Geronimo del - Arms granted 3rd of March 1564. As principal Chief, for his part in providing personnel
and shelter, as well as great personal risk, in the pacification of Mexico.
Aguirre y Recalde, Santiago de -