Capitán Cristóbal de Zaldívar Mendoza

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Cristóbal de Zaldívar Mendoza

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Birthplace: Zacatecas, Reino de Nueva Galicia, Reino de Nueva España
Death: Died in Ciudad de México, Reino de México, Reino de Nueva España
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Son of Teniente Capitán General Vicente de Zaldivar y Oñate and Magdalena Mendoza Salazar
Husband of Leonor de Tolosa Cortés de Moctezuma
Father of Juan de Saldívar Cortéz Moctezuma and Vincente de Saldívar Cortéz Moctezuma
Brother of Ana de Zaldívar y Oñate; Mariscal de campo Juan de Zaldívar Oñate y Mendoza; Sargento Mayor Vicente de Zaldívar Oñate Mendoza; Ruy Díaz de Mendoza y Zaldívar; Catalina Zaldívar Mendoza and 2 others

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About Capitán Cristóbal de Zaldívar Mendoza

Appointed Lieutenant Captain General by the Viceroy of New Spain, the Marquis de Salinas.

Owner of the San Marcos and Palmilla mines of Zacatecas.

Memorial of Captain Cristobal de Zaldivar

September 9, 1628.

Captain Cristobal de Zaldivar states that he was appointed lieutenant captain general for the pacification of the Chichimecas and Guachichiles Indians by the Narquis of Salinas when he was viceroy of New Spain; that he owns the San Marcos and Palmilla mines, from which have been taken many millions in silver for the service of his majesty and the benefit of these kingdoms, that he is married to Dona Leonor Cortez Motezuma, a daughter of Don Juanes de Tolosa and Dona Leonor Cortez Motezuma, who was a daughter of the marquis, Hernando Cortez, and Dona Isabel Motezuma, a legitimate daughter of Motezuma, late ruler of New Spain; that he is the son of Captain Vicente de Zaldivar, who was lieutenant captain general for the said was against the Chichimecas by appointment of Viceroy Don Martin Enriquez; that he owned many haciendas and mines; that the said Don Juanes de Tolosa, his father-in-law, was one of the first conquistadors and settlers of the mines and city of Zacatecas and defeated the Indians in many clashes and battles; that for these services the king our lord, of glorious memory, grandfather of his majesty, granted the city of Zacatecas a coat of arms and ordered that the image and statue of his father-in-law, honoring him with fine words, be placed at its gate; that from the mines he settled there have been obtained gor your majesty, from 1575 to 1614, a total of 6,338,000 pesos, not counting the royal fifths collected during this time, or from 1540, when these mines were first settled, to this period; that he is a nephew do Don Juan de Onate, knight of the Order of Santiago, conqueror of the provinces of New Mexico, and a nephew of Vicente de Zaldivar, also a knight of the same order and who held the post of maesa de campo in the said conquest, in which he performed notable services.

He begs, in consideration of these facts, that his only son and heir, Don Juan de Zaldivar Cortez Motezuma, be granted knighthood in the order of Santiago and an income of one thousand pesos from the treasury in Mexico, as has been done for other descendants of Motezuma. He states that his son has served as Alcalde ordinario of the city of Zacatecas, with the approval of the audiencia; that he is married to Dona Isabela de Castilla, daughter of Don Fernando Altamirano and Dona Leonor de Vera, granddaughter of Doctor Santiago de Vera, late judge of the audiencia of the Philippines and the president of that of Guadalajara, where he died.

All of the above is attested by patents and affidavits which he presents regarding his high rank and nobility.

[Endoesed on the cover sheet:] Advise his majesty that in view of these many services, he could be favored with the knighthiid he seeks. [Rubric] September 9, 1628.

The original document is in the Archivo General de Indias.

Source: Don Juan de Oñate, Colonizer of New Mexico 1595-1629 by George P. Hammond (The University of New Mexico Press, 1953)

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Capitán Cristóbal de Zaldívar Mendoza's Timeline

1564
1564
Zacatecas, Reino de Nueva Galicia, Reino de Nueva España
1578
1578
Age 14
Reino de Nueva España
1580
1580
Age 16
1628
September 9, 1628
Age 64
Ciudad de México, Reino de México, Reino de Nueva España
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Zacatecas, Reino de Nueva Galicia, Reino de Nueva España