by Moises Garza

August 27, 2013

Last Names of Nuevo Leon

Many of our ancestors lived in the Spanish province of Nuevo Santander and some even helped forge it with their own resources and hard work. Nuevo Santander is now present-day Tamaulipas, Mexico and South Texas was founded by José de Escandón and named for his native province in Spain. It was designated as a province by viceregal order on September 3, 1746.

The following is a list of all governors of Nuevo Santander up until 1821 when Mexico won its independence from Spain. let me know if any of your ancestors are listed.

Governors of Nuevo Santander Covering May 31, 1748 to September 1822

      1. José de Escandón y Helguera, 31 Mayo 1748–8 Abril 1767
      2. Juan Fernando de Palacio, 8 Abril 1767–20 Enero 1768
      3. José Rubio, 20 Enero 1768–18 Septiembre 1769
      4. Vicente González Santianés, 18 Septiembre 1769–12 Agosto 1777
      5. Francisco de Echegaray, Agosto 1777–19 Febrero 1779
      6. Vacant, 19 Febrero 1779–17 Abril 1779
      7. Manuel Medina, 17 Abril 1779–21 Noviembre 1779
      8. Vacant, 21 Noviembre 1779–17 Febrero 1780
      9. Manuel Ignacio de Escandón (1era vez), 17 Febrero 1780–17 Marzo 1781
      10. Diego Lazaga, 17 Marzo 1781–20 Febrero 1786
      11. Juan Miguel Zozaya, (1era vez) 20 Febrero 1786–23 Diciembre 1788
      12. Melchor Vidal de Lorca, 23 Diciembre 1788–18 Junio 1789
      13. Juan Miguel Zozaya, (2da vez) 20 Junio 1789–10 Septiembre 1789
      14. Manuel Muñoz, 10 Septiembre 1789–10 Julio 1790
      15. Manuel Ignacio de Escandón, (2da vez) 10 Julio 1790–21 Mayo 1800
      16. José Blanco, 21 Mayo 1800–Enero 1802
      17. Francisco de Ixart, Enero 1802–18 Abril 1804
      18. Pedro de Alba, 18 Abril 1804–18 Septiembre 1804
      19. Manuel de Iturbe e Iraeta, 18 Septiembre 1804–15 Abril 1811
      20. Joaquín de Arredondo, 15 Abril 1811–1 Mayo 1819
      21. Juan Fermín de Janicotena, Septiembre 1811–Septiembre 1812
      22. José María Echeagaray, 1 Mayo 1819–7 Julio 1821
      23. Felipe de la Garza Cisneros, 7 Julio 1821–22 Septiembre 1822

Map of Nuevo Santander:

Area of Nuevo Santander. Adapted from map by Jack Jackson.


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Moises Garza

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