Francisco Gómez (c.1587 - 1656) MP

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Birthplace: Barreiro, Setúbal, Portugal
Death: Died in Santa Fé, (La Castrense) Nuevo México
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About Francisco Gómez

Francisco Gómez was born in Coina, a town thirteen miles from Lisbon, Portugal. He was the son of Manuel Gómez and Ana Vicente, both of whom died when he was a child. The family was most likely a noble family as is suggested by Francisco’s later fate. Reared at first by his elder brother, Fray Álvaro Gómez, a Franciscan of Lisbon and Commisary of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, Francisco then passed on to the household of Don Alonso de Oñate at the Court of ailing King Phillip II in Madrid. He was likely in the court when King Phillip died in 1598. He no doubt was well-acquainted with the new king, Phillip III. Oñate brought him to Mexico City, and from there Francisco came to New Mexico to join the young colony of Alonso’s brother, Governor Juan de Oñate. 1604 is probably the year that young Francisco sailed to the New World.

Onate brought him to Mexico City and then he came to New Mexico, where he became one of the most outstanding military officials of his time. Occupying every office of importance.

Fray Benavides showered him with attention and favors in the beginning, but later suspected him of too much attachment to the anti-religous Gov. Eulate. Gomez was a critic of certain friars in power, and often incurred their enmity and that of the political faction. His porteguese origins did not help, so that even after his death he was accused of being a Jew, not only by birth, but by secret practice.

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Francisco Gómez's Timeline

1587
1587
Barreiro, Setúbal, Portugal
1604
March 20, 1604
Age 17
Seville, Andalusia, España

Record of passage dated March 20, 1604, Sevilla, Spain.

1605
1605
Age 18
Nuevo México, Nuevo España

In all likelihood, Francisco arrived in New Mexico sometime in 1605

1626
1626
Age 39
1627
1627
Age 40
1630
1630
Age 43
1630
Age 43
1630
Age 43
1630
Age 43
1640
1640
Age 53
La Villa de la Santa Fé, Provincia de Nuevo México, Virreinato de Nueva España