Tejano History

Cordero Y Bustamante, Manuel Antonio

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       CORDERO Y BUSTAMANTE, MANUEL ANTONIO (1753–1823). Manuel Antonio Cordero y Bustamante, governor of Coahuila and acting governor of Texas, was born in Cádiz, Spain, in 1753. He became a cadet in the Spanish army on December 1, 1767, and he held the same rank in America on September 6, 1771. He served in the Zamora Infantry, the Dragoons of Spain and Mexico, and the presidial companies of Janos and San Buenaventura. Between 1777 and 1790 he fought in twenty-five campaigns in the Provincias Internas, four of them as subordinate and the rest as commander. He captured or killed 472 enemies and rescued six prisoners. He signed a peace treaty with the Mimbreños and Gileños in 1787. For ten months during 1790 and 1791 he had military command of Nueva Vizcaya, where he chased marauders and punished rebelling Indians who threatened the ranches. In a four-month campaign during 1794 he again subjugated the Gileña and Mimbreña Apaches who rose against the Presidio of Janos. In 1795 he directed an expedition against the Mescaleros at Presidio del Norte. On December 27, 1796, he became commander of troops operating on the Coahuila frontier. During the years 1795 to 1800 he built up the defenses of Coahuila and founded numerous towns and settlements. From March 27, 1797, until December 1798 he was interim governor of Coahuila. He then served as governor until 1817.


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