By Richard W. Etulain
This selection of essays offers an outline of the numerous Basque stories during the American a ways West. It covers 4 centuries in 3 elements: the Basque diaspora within the New global; immigration and assimilation; and sleek Basques.
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In need of money to battle the Turks threatening Vienna, the emperor summoned the national assembly of Castile, the Cortes, to Valladolid. Unsuccessful in his attempt to persuade the assembled estates of the realm to vote him the service he needed, the king sent the town's representatives home at Easter and elected the monastery of Abrojo, close to Valladolid, as a retreat during Holy Week. Impressed by the austere life of the friars and Zumárraga's devotion, charity, and gravity, he shortly had Zumárraga appointed inquisitor in charge of the investigation against witches in Vizcaya.
8 Little is known about Zumárraga's family and education. His father, Juan López de Zumárraga, was the only son of Lope de Zumárraga. 9 A sister and brothers are mentioned, as is a niece who married Martín de Aranguren, the bishop's mayordomo in Mexico. 10 Zumárraga's heir was his nephew, an embroiderer named Sancho García Larrazábal. Sancho García and another relative, a hosier, went to Mexico with Zumárraga. 11 The letter of Manuela Gómez de Solórzano mentioned above would indicate that Zumárraga's half-brother was surnamed Mendiola.
In his youth, the twin Cristóbal crossed the Atlantic to attend Spain's celebrated University of Salamanca, which along with those of Paris, Oxford, and Bologna was one of the four great European universities of the Middle Ages. Coincidentally, the city of Salamanca was also the birthplace of the conquistador Coronado, in 1510. The possibility exists that Juan de Oñate accompanied his brother to Spain and attended the same university. If such was the case, he Page 22 could have met for the first time another student from Mexico, Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá, who long afterward would join the Oñate expedition as quartermaster in the colonization of New Mexico.
Portraits Of Basques In The New World (The Basque Series) by Richard W. Etulain