Alejo de Esparza

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Alejo de Esparza
Blason Es famille Esparza (Escaroz).svg
Personal details
Born Alejo de Esparza y Ustarroz
1638
Lumbier, Navarra
Died 1700s
Buenos Aires, Viceroyalty of Peru
Occupation Merchandiser
Profession Soldier
Religion Catholicism

Alejo de Esparza (born 1638) was a noble merchant of Basque origin.

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.[1] The mission of Telleria was to bring weapons and two infantry companies to reinforce the Fort of City.[2]

Family[edit]

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. Also possible descendant of Pere Arnaut de Garro, member of the court of Charles III of Navarre.[3]

On July 5, 1660 he married to Escolástica Rodriguez, native of city's and daughter of Alfonso Rodríguez and Trinidad Martínez.[4]

Alejo Esparza was dedicated to business tasks in the Rio de la Plata, and along with his wife were the parents of Miguel Jerónimo Esparza, Alcalde and Regidor in Buenos Aires.[5]

It is possible that Alejo de Esparza was a descendant of Ramón de Esparza a medieval Knight, Captain and Lord of Esparza.

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Navarra a Buenos Aires, 1580-1810, Susana R. Frías, César Augusto García Belsunce 
  2. ^ Historia de Donostia-San Sebastián, Miguel Artola 
  3. ^ Crónica de los reyes de Navarra, Carles 
  4. ^ Los Vascos en América: Provincia de Buenos Aires, 1580-1713, Fundación Vasco-Argentina Juan de Garay, Departamento Estudios Históricos, Jan 1, 1991 
  5. ^ De Navarra a Buenos Aires, 1580-1810, Instituto Americano de Estudios Vascos, 1996 

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