Garza, Juan De La
GARZA, JUAN DE LA (?–?). In the early 1660s Juan de la Garza was a sergeant major on the cattle and mining frontier near Saltillo, Monterrey, and Cerralvo. Chronic shortages of labor in the area prompted Spaniards to conduct campaigns aimed in part at acquiring Indian captives who would be put to work in the mines. Such entradas were also justified as a means of discouraging attacks on Spanish settlements, which were perpetrated by Indian bands located north of these outposts and beyond the Rio Grande.