Aranda, Miguel De
ARANDA, MIGUEL DE (?–?). Miguel de Aranda, a member of the College of Santa Cruz de Querétaro, was assigned to Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción Mission in San Antonio. In June 1753 he accompanied an expedition led by Lt. Juan Galván, of San Antonio de Béxar Presidio, charged with exploring lands in Apachería to the northwest of San Antonio. The expedition initially reconnoitered lands along the Pedernales and Llano rivers, without finding a suitable site for Spanish settlement. It then pushed on to the San Saba River, where more favorable conditions included abundant water and arable lands. There Father Aranda offered Mass for Apaches of the region.