Tejano History

Luna Y Arellano, Tristán De

LUNA Y ARELLANO, TRISTÁN DE (?–1573). Tristán de Luna y Arellano, conquistador, was of a Castilian family of the Borobia estates in the villas of Cicia and Borobia in Spain. He was a cousin of the viceroy of New Spain, Antonio de Mendoza, and of Juana de Zúñiga, wife of Hernán Cortés. He first sailed to New Spain in 1530 or 1531. In 1545 he married Isabel de Rojas, widow of Juan Valásquez and Francisco Maldonado and heiress to their fortunes; Luna and Isabel had two children. In 1540 Luna was at first captain of horse in the Coronado expedition, then maestre de campo, and last lieutenant general. Left in charge of Coronado’s army at Culiacán, he moved it to Sonora and then through heavy snow to Tiguex. He traveled with Coronado towards Quivira for thirty-seven days, about 650 miles, before being sent back with the main force to Tiguex when Coronado decided to trim down his force.


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