Alejo de Esparza

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Alejo de Esparza
Blason Es famille Esparza (Escaroz).svg
Coat of Arms of Esparza
Personal details
Born Alejo de Esparza y Ustarroz
1638
Lumbier, Navarra
Died c. 1700s
Buenos Aires, Viceroyalty of Peru
Spouse(s) Escolástica Rodríguez Martínez
Occupation merchant
Religion Catholic

Alejo de Esparza (born 1638) was a Basque nobleman, merchant, resident of Buenos Aires in the 17th century. He was founder of the Esparza family in the Rio de la Plata, their sons were members of government during the Viceroyalty of Peru.[1]

Biography[edit]

In January 1660, Esparza arrival at the port of Buenos Aires, on the ship "Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu". He had been recruited as soldier in San Sebastian, place from where the expedition led by Martin de Telleria, departed to Buenos Aires.[2] The mission of Telleria was to bring weapons and two infantry companies to reinforce the Fort of City.[3]

Family[edit]

villa de Lumbier, Navarra

Alejo was born 1638 in Lumbier, Navarre, the son of Pedro de Esparza and Colomba de Garro, daughter or relative of León de Garro and Inés de Coloma, possible descendant of Pere Arnaut de Garro, member of the court of Charles III of Navarre.[4]

Esparza was married to Escolástica Rodríguez, native of city's and daughter of Alfonso Rodríguez and Trinidad Martínez.[5] The wedding was held on July 5, 1660, in the parish of La Merced (Buenos Aires), attended as witness Juan Ramírez Arellano, born in Santiago, Captain of La Serena, who had also served in the fort of Buenos Aires.[6]

Esparza was dedicated to business tasks in the Rio de la Plata, and along with his wife were the parents of Miguel Gerónimo de Esparza, Alcalde and Regidor in Buenos Aires.[7]

Alejo de Esparza was member of a family of illustrious ancestors of Navarra, possibly descendant of Ramón de Esparza (medieval Knight, Captain and Lord of Esparza).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diccionario biográfico colonial argentino, Institución Mitre 
  2. ^ De Navarra a Buenos Aires, 1580-1810, Susana R. Frías, César Augusto García Belsunce 
  3. ^ Historia de Donostia-San Sebastián, Miguel Artola 
  4. ^ Crónica de los reyes de Navarra, Carles 
  5. ^ Los Vascos en América: Provincia de Buenos Aires, 1580-1713, Fundación Vasco-Argentina Juan de Garay, Departamento Estudios Históricos, Jan 1, 1991 
  6. ^ Registro estadístico de la provincia de Buenos Aires, Partes 1-2, Buenos Aires (Argentina : Province). Oficina de Estadística General 
  7. ^ De Navarra a Buenos Aires, 1580-1810, Instituto Americano de Estudios Vascos, 1996 

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