Nicolás Antonio de Arredondo

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Nicolás Antonio de Arredondo y Pelegrín (1740 – id. 1802) was a Spanish soldier and politician born in Madrid. He worked as viceroy of the Río de la Plata.

Before entering politics Arrendondo fought in wars on Italy, where he earned military prestige. He was sent to America and took political roles in Cuba. Afterwards, he was designed as governor in La Plata, modern Bolivia. In 1789 he was designated as viceroy of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, after the departure of Nicolás del Campo.[1] As viceroy, he improved the layout of the streets of Buenos Aires and fortified the city of Montevideo. He created local councils and police corps, gave a boost to animal husbandry, mediated between the conflicts of business people and ranchers, and fought against contraband. He resigned in 1795 and returned to Spain, remaining in politics until his death.

His son, José Joaquín de Arredondo, was a Spanish soldier in New Spain in the two decades before Mexican independence.[2]


Preceded by
Nicolás del Campo
Viceroy of the Río de la Plata
Succeeded by
Pedro Melo de Portugal y Villena