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Alonso Varela

Also Known As: "Jaramillo or Xaramillo"
Birthplace: Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, España
Death: Died in Albuquerque, Nuevo México, Nueva España
Immediate Family:

Son of Pedro Varela
Husband of Catalina Pérez de Bustillo
Father of Alonso Varela Jaramillo II; Pedro Varela Jaramillo and Pedro Varela de Losada
Half brother of Pedro Varela Losada

Occupation: Tteniente de gobernador, lieutenant governor of New Mexico
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About Captain Alonso Varela

He was a soldier accompanying Don Juan de Oñate on the Oñate Expedition of 1598-1608, and a founding resident of Santa Fe, Nueva España.

Capt. Alonso Varela received his appointment as lieutenant governor of New Mexico from Gov. Francisco Manuel Nieto de Silva. As lieutenant governor he oversaw royal administrative duties of the Río Abajo region of New Mexico, mainly the Sandía Isleta area.

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Captain Alonso Varela's Timeline

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, España
Age 6
Santiago de Compostela, Corunna, Galicia, Spain
Age 30
Santa Fe, NM, USA
Age 34
Nuevo México, Nueva España
Age 45
Santa Fe, NM, USA

Arrested by Gov. Peralta y Aloque in 1613
following an altercation with an alcalde
ordinario, or civil magistrate, of the Villa de
Santa Fe.

The incident occurred in late June 1613,
when several vecinos, tax-paying citizens of the
Villa de Santa Fe, went out to La Ciénega,
described as being four leagues from Santa Fe,
to brand cattle. It was there that Simón Pérez
de Bustillo, a supporter of the friars, and Juan
de Escarramad, an alcalde ordinario of the Villa
de Santa Fe and supporter of Peralta y Aloque,
exchanged heated words that led to the
drawing of swords. In the ensuing scuffle,
Escarramad was injured.

The precise role of Alonso Varela and his
relatives in the incident is not clear from the
original record.

Age 52
Santa Fé, Provincia de Nuevo México, Virreinato de Nueva España
Age 64
Albuquerque, Nuevo México, Nueva España
May 18, 1990
Age 64
May 18, 1990
Age 64
August 14, 1990
Age 64