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Captain Alberto do Canto e Dias de Vieira (Del Canto), Capitán

Spanish: Capitan Alberto Del Canto Dias de Vieira, Capitán
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Praia da Victoria, Isla Terceira, Arquipélago dos Açores, Portugal
Death: January 1, 1611 (63)
Saltillo, Coahuila, Virreinato de Nueva España
Immediate Family:

Son of Sebastiāo Martins do Canto and Maria Dias Vieira
Husband of Estefanía de Montemayor y Porcayo de la Cerda
Father of Alberto del Canto, II; Elvira del Canto Montemayor; Capitán Miguel Montemayor del Canto; Diego del Canto Montemayor and María del Canto Montemayor
Brother of Antonio do Canto; Gaspar Dias Vieira Canto; Isabel Dias Vieira; Catarina do Canto Vieira; Miguel do Canto and 1 other

Occupation: Mayor/Captain, Explorer, colonist. Mayor, Haciendero
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About Capitán Alberto do Canto e Dias de Vieira

Hlen, Hleneto. Medieval Canto family, NFP/MJCF Blog, "Considerations on the origin of the family Canto, in Nobilário de Famílias de Portugal of Manoel Jose da Costa Feigueiras Gayo" [sexta-feira, 1 de julho de 2011] ... John, 3rd Earl of Kent versus Sir John Chandos as Canto family founder ... ... However, John Chandos married Philippa de Bryan and died without issue [ ] while John, 3rd Earl of Kent, married Isabella of Jülich and also died without issue on 26 December 1352 at age 22. [,_3rd_Earl_of_Kent ]. So.....who is the Canto family founder?


The Monitor [McAllen, Texas;March 25, 2001]

"Alberto Del Canto was born as a Portuguese Alberto do Canto on the Isle of Terceira, Azores, in 1547. His genealogy extends back to the late 1200's to the Englishman Lord John of Kent. Price Edward of England and his "sidekick" Lord John of Kent took an army to the Iberian peninsula to aide King Peter (Pedro) of Spain in driving out the Moors. During this endeavor, Lord John of Kent married a Sephardic Jew in Portugal. The children changed the last name of Kent to the Portuguese form, Canto.

During this era the greatest concentration of Sephardic Jews on the Iberian peninsula was found in Portugal and it was assumed that to be a Portuguese meant being a Sephardic Jew. Alberto do Canto changed his name to the Castilian form del Canto while serving under Spanish rule in New Spain.

In 1562 del Canto came to New Spain and joined forces with Gov. Ybarra in the area of Zacatecas. With Ybarra he learned the art of soldiering and survival in a very primitive world. He became very well liked by Ybarra and this would probably save his life during the Inquisition. By 1576 del Canto had explored Northeast Mexico and South Texas as far as the townships of Utopia and Bandera.

In 1577 he established the mining communities of Saltillo, San Gregorio (Cerralvo), and Santa Lucia (present day Monterrey). He assumed governorship of much of this area that he names Nueva Viscaya. Del Canto recruited or enslaved many of the indigenous people to work his mines.

He was ordered arrested under the Inquisition in 1579 for having slaves and for a variety of vague reasons, but not specifically for being a Jew. However, del Canto was incredibly intelligent, was able to escape and evade recapture until his assigned captor died and the issue was dropped. He was able to live with the Chichimeca Indians of which he was accused of enslaving to do work in the mines.

It is believed that his friendship with Gov. Ybarra helped him in not being persecuted too vigorously. (Another figure if the time and of the area, Luis Carvajal, and family died at the hands of the Inquisition).

When del Canto reappeared from hiding he simply reassumed governorship of his province. He took control away from his arch rival, Diego de Montemayor, another incredible figure of the time. Del Canto had been a lover to Montemayor's wife. Montemayor had killed his wife with his sword upon learning of the affair and vowed to kill del Canto. Instead, del Canto married Estefania, the daughter of his arch rival Diego de Montemayor, in 1585 and they had three children, Diego, Miguel and Elvira. While Montemayor had the opportunity to kill del Canto, he chose instead to spare his life, as he was the father of his grandchildren.

In 1596 Estefania and Del Canto separated when Don Diego permanently established present day Monterrey. Estefania moved there with her father, and her children took the last name of Montemayor. Del Canto died in 1611 at his Hacienda de Buena Vista, Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico. Many of the grandchildren of Alberto del Canto married the grandchildren of Marcos Alonso de la Garza.

While today the last name is not common to this area, people with the common last names of this area can all find a like to the Incredible Alberto del Canto."


Alberto DEL-CANTO b. abt 1547, Isla Tercera de los Azores, Portugal, m. abt 1585, in Saltillo, Coah., Mex, Estefana MONTEMAYOR PORCAYO, b. abt 1571, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, (daughter of Diego DE-MONTEMAYOR HERNANDEZ and Juana PORCAYO DE-LA-CERDA). Alberto died 1611.

  • I. Elvira DEL-CANTO MONTEMAYOR b. abt 1586, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, m. Jusepe TENORIO.
  • II. Miguel MONTEMAYOR DEL-CANTO b. abt 1588, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, m. Monica RODRIGUEZ TREVIÑO, b. Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, (daughter of Diego RODRIGUEZ SOSA and Sebastiana TREVIÑO FARIAS). Miguel died Jun 1644.
  • III. Diego MONTEMAYOR DEL-CANTO b. 1589.


1. CAPTAIN ALBERTO2 DEL CANTO (SEBASTIANO MARTINS1) was born 1547 in Isla Terciaria de los Azores, Portugal, and died Dec 1611 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. He married (1) CATALINA DE ALFARO. She died in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. He married (2) ESTEFANA DE MONTEMAYOR-Y-PORCALLO Abt. 1585 in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico, daughter of DIEGO DE HERNANDEZ-MONTEMAYOR and JUANA PORCALLO-Y-DE-LA-CERDA. She was born 1573 in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico, and died Abt. 1660.


A resident of Durango, in 1577, the Alcalde mayor and Captain, Don Albert del Canto founded the settlement at Ojos de Santa Lucia (Monterrey), Villa del Saltillo, and Trinidad (Monclova).

From the book, With All Arms by Carl Laurence Duaine. Page 103.

Source: From the book, The North Frontier of New Spain by Peter Gerhard.

Fundadores de Nueva Galicia - Guadalajara - Tomo I, by Guillermo Garmendia Leal. Page 37.

Nueva Vizcaya, Heartland of the Spanish Frontier, by Oakah L. Jones, Jr.




2. ii. MIGUEL3 DEL CANTO-MONTEMAYOR, b. 1586, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico; d. Aft. 11 Oct 1643, Hacienda de los Nogales, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

iii. ELVIRA DEL CANTO-MONTEMAYOR, b. Abt. 1590, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico; d. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; m. (1) JUSEPE TENORIO; d. Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico; m. (2) PEDRO DE-LA-VEGA; d. Aft. 1635, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.


He was killed by Indians. Source: With All Arms by Carl Laurence Duaine. Page 108.


With All Arms, A Study of a Kindred Group, by Carl Laurence Duaine.

iv. DIEGO DEL CANTO-MONTEMAYOR, b. 1590, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico; d. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.


A.K.A. Diego de Montemayor.



3168. Alberto CANTO was born in 1547 in Isle Terceira,Azores,Portugal. He died on Dec 10 1611 in Saltillo,Coahuila,Mexico. He married Estefana MONTEMAYOR in 1585 in Saltillo,Coahuila,Mexico.

3169. Estefana MONTEMAYOR was born in 1551 in Mazapil,Zacatecas,Mexico.


Alberto del Canto y Díaz de Vieira (nacido Alberto do Canto e Dias de Vieira o Alberto Vieira do Canto, según la costumbre portuguesa) (1547–1611) fue un noble y militar luso-novohispano, que exploró el norte de México, donde fue fundador de varias ciudades.


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Alberto del Canto (nacido Alberto do Canto, Isla Terceira, Azores, Portugal, 1547 – Hacienda de Buena Vista, Saltillo, México, 1611) fue un militar luso-español de origen judio-sefardita, que durante la conquista de América exploró la zona noreste de México. Fundó ciudades importantes como Saltillo, del cual fue el primer alcalde (1575) y Monterrey, contrajo matrimonio con doña Estefanía de Montemayor, la hija de Diego de Montemayor, fundador de Monterrey y fue uno de los principales enemigos de los chichimecas, entre los que tomó numerosos prisioneros para trabajar como esclavos las minas de Santa Lucía (Monterrey) y San Gregorio (Cerralvo). Fue encarcelado por la Inquisición acusado de judaizante, pero escapó y vivió entre los nativos hasta que se retiraron los cargos. Sus hijos Diego y Miguel tomarían el apellido materno, perpetuándolo en el norte de México.

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Capitán Alberto do Canto e Dias de Vieira's Timeline

January 1, 1547
Praia da Victoria, Isla Terceira, Arquipélago dos Açores, Portugal
Age 39
Age 41
Saltillo, Nueva Extremadura, Reino de Nueva España
Age 42
January 1, 1611
Age 64
Saltillo, Coahuila, Virreinato de Nueva España