Juan Fresco


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Juan Fresco

  • Born: 1570, Flanders, Belgium
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 252

Juan Fresco first came to New México about the year 1617 with two other Flemish men. They were residents of México City on a tour of mineral exploration. They returned to México City for mining equipment and returned to New México in 1625 in the wagon-train that brought Fray Alonso Benavides. At the time Juan said he was fifty-five years old, Fleminsh and a miner by trade. His signature appears to be spealled Frishz, but he stayed and married in New México, so his named became Juan Fresqui. By the end of the following century this family name was further hispanicized into "Frésquez."

~The Origins of New México Families, p. 30

• Historical Information. 314
Additional Settlers of 17th Century New Mexico 1601-1680.

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro brought wagon trains of good to trade as well as new settlers into New Mexico. The Spanish government kept strict control over travelers coming into and leaving New Mexico. Very few family groups arrived in New Mexico in this period. Mainly single men were the new settlers. They married the daughter and granddaughters of the earlier settlers.


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