These men served with the conquistador Nuno de Guzman. The expedition
set out for Nueva Galicia (parts of Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi,
Jalisco and Zacatecas) in 1530. Many of these men became wealthy land
owners and settled in the area.
Guzman, Nuno Beltran de - Member of King Charles V's personal guard.
Became Govenor of Panuco upon arrival in Mexico in 1527. He had no prior
experience in the Indies. After the conquest of Nueva Galicia he became
Govenor of that province in 1531. Eventually he was jailed in Mexico
City for for his cruelty to Indians then he was recalled to Spain where
he spent the rest of his life under house arrest. There was no record
of him ever marrying.
An article on "Bloody Guzman"
Book reference: "Nuno de Guzman and the Province of Panuco in New Spain,
1518-1533" by Donald E. Chipman.
List of Men Who Served in Nueva Galicia With Guzman
* Source of the above names: Duaine, Carl Laurence. "With All Arms A Study of a Kindred Group"
Edinburg, Texas: New Santander Press, 1987.
Biographies (a work in progress)
Acedo, Juan - Father of 1 son and 2 daughters. His father in law is listed
as a conquistador.
Aguayo, Antonio - Antonio's brother Lor de Aguayo served and died under
Cortes in the Conquest of Mexico. They were from Portillo Valladolid.
Albornoz - This name originated in 1177 when Fernan Gomez de Aza took
part in the conquest of Cuenca and was rewarded with lands and the small
town of Albornoz, from which the family then took its name.
Albornoz, Juan - Settled in Oaxaca where he became alguacil mayor and
Albornoz, Rodrigo de - Secretary to the King and appointed Accountant
of the Royal Treasury of New Spain (Mexico) in 1524. His assistant was
the young Cristobal de Onate. They came to Mexico together.
Advised the King to relieve Cortes of the Governership which he did but
Cortes was made Marquis and allowed to explore the Pacific Coast of
Mexico as compensation.
Bazan, Pedro de - Rodrigo de Albornoz brought his niece from Spain to
Castilla, Luis de - A direct descendant of King Pedro I and dona Juana
de Castro. Arrived in Mexico at the age of 28 and had already been to
war against the French and in the Comunero Revolt. He had 3 sons and 3
daughters. One son being don Pedro de Castilla.
Contreras, Alonso - Settled in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Married a woman
from Castilla. They had 3 sons and 7 daughters. One son Alonso married
the grand-daughter of the Conquistador Lionel de Cervantes.
Delgadillo, Francisco - Settled in Guadalajara. A son by the name of
Luis took over his holdings upon his death.
Fernandez de Hijar - Juan was a captain. Descendants of the House of
Aragon. Related to the dukes of Hijar with rights to the "senorio de
Riglos". Many descendants live in the area of Nueva Galicia today. Juan
was also a Conquistador of Cipot., Michoacan, Colima, and Motin. He was
a founder of the village of Purificacion where he was Royal Governor
(Alcalde Mayor). He was on the records there in 1547. Juan's brother
Manuel was a early settler of Compostela in 1531. Both were from the
town of Epila in Zaragoza.
Garcia, Bartolome - Settled in Guadalajara. Married and had 4 children.
Guzman, Rodrigo de - Came to Mexico from Spain with his father and
brother. His father died enroute. Rodrigo left for Spain in 1544.
Hurtado, Diego de - His full name was Diego Hurtado de Mendoza. Settled
in Guadalajara. Married the daughter of a conquistador of the Island of
Espanola. They had 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Ibarra, Diego de - Silver millionaire of Zacatecas. Uncle of Francisco
Ibarra the most noted conquistador, explorer, and colonizer of the
province he named "Nueva Vizcaya" (Durango to the south, Sinoloa to the
west, Southern Chihuahua on the north and Nuevo Leon to the east) after
his home district in Spain. Francisco went on his first venture at the
age of Sixteen and died at the age of 36 in 1575.
Lopez, Diego - He took part in the Coronado Expedition. One of the first
settlers of Guadalajara in 1535.
Maldonado, Cristoval - He took part in the Coronado Expedition.
Mayorga, Cristoval de - He took part in the Coronado Expedition.
Mota, Francisco de - Died in the Mixtec rebellion. Had 3 children.
Nunez, Pedro de - He and his father settled in Mexico City. His father
in law was conqueror Hernando de Chaves. Pedro had 3 sons and a daughter
and 3 natural daughters.
Oliver, Antonio de - Married but had no children.
Onate, Cristoval de - Arrived in Mexico in 1524 and was an official in
Mex. City in 1526. He was joined by nephews Juan de Zaldivar Onate
(took part in the Coronado Expedition) in 1529 and Vicente
de Zaldivar Onate in 1534. The two families helped found Zacatecas in
1548, becoming rich mine owners and ranchers. These individuals figured
prominently in the Mixtec War. Cristoval and his wife had 7 children.
A son of Cristoval de Onate was Juan de Onate. Juan lead an expedition
to settle New Mexico in 1598. Food was scarce and many illegally deserted.
They settled on the site they named San Gabriel de los Espanoles. In 1610
the colonists were moved to Santa Fe.
Onate, Juan de - Left for Peru in 1537.
Orozco, Juan de Villasenor - Ultimately settled in Ciudad Michoacan with
his wife Catalina Cervantes. They had 5 children. One being a namesake
Placencia, Pedro de - Settled in Guadalajara.
Ramon, Diego - Settled in Guadalajara with his wife, son and 2 daughters.
Samano, Juan de - Had 3 sons and 4 daughters. Had a namesake son and a
grandson by the name of Juan de Samano Turcios.
Sanchez de Olea, Juan - Went to Florida with Narvaez and came to Mexico
with Alonso de Estrada. Settled in Guadalajara. Married the daughter of
Tapia, Gaspar de - Cousin of Cortes through his Altamirano side. Came
to Mexico with his relation Juan Gutierrez de Altamirano.
Tolosa, Joanes de - Married the daughter of Cortes and dona Isabel (the
daughter of Montezuma). Found the original mine in Zacatecas and later,
ones in Durango, Sombrete, Llerena and elsewhere.
Tovar, Alvaro de - Don Alvaro was of "the house of the Duke of Lerma"
and was a founder of Compostela, Mexico in 1531. Related to Don Pedro
and Don Fernado de Tovar, all of Tovar, Burgos Spain.
Tovar, Fernando de - It was said he also participated in the Conquest
of Mexico with Cortes. Don Fernando was related to both Don Alvaro and
Don Pedro de Tovar who were both Conquistadors of Nueva Galicia. He was
also a founder of Compostela, Mexico in 1531.
Tovar, Pedro de - Part of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's expedition.
Villagomez, Juan de - Arrived in Mexico with his brother, Antonio. Juan
also served in entradas to Oaxaca and the west coast of Mexico. He settled
in Mexico City.