Mencía Calderón

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Mencía Calderón Ocampo
Adelantada of the New World
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Coat of Arms belonging to his paternal surname
Born 1514
Extremadura, Spain
Died c.1564
Asuncion, Paraguay
Spouse(s) Juan de Sanabria y Alonso de Hinojosa
Religion Roman Catholic

Mencía Calderón (1514-1564?) was a Spanish noble lady, first expeditionary woman in the Río de la Plata.[1]


Mencia was born in Villa de Medellín, Badajoz (Spain) daughter of Alonso Calderón and Ana Ocampo, belonging to a noble family of Extremadura. She was married to Juan de Sanabria, a noble Spanish expeditionary who died shortly before leaving for New Spain.[2]

In April 10, 1550, Mencía Calderón embarked for Americas with a group of hundred marriageable maidens. In the expedition Calderón was accompanied by three daughters, and a contingent of eighty sailors.[3] In 1553, Mencía and the rest of the crew were shipwrecked on the coast of Brazil, place from where they left to Asunción.[4]

Through his mother, Mencía Calderón, was related to Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortés, belonging to noble Castilian families.[5]


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