Juan de Ribadeneyra

Brief Biography

The expeditionary Juan de Ribadeneyra most likely is the individual who was a native of Espinosa de Los Monteros (Burgos province) and the son of Francisco Fernández and María de Novara. If correct, then Juan came to Mexico in 1537. He was present at the 1540 muster as an unassigned horseman. Quite possibly he returned to Culiacán after the conclusion of the Expedition.

Title (Y/N)
Country of Origin
Place of Birth (City/Town)
?Espinosa de los Monteros
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region)
Last Known Location
Culiacán, Mexico?
Position on Expedition
Within Viceroy Mendoza's Sphere
Ability to sign name
parents: ?Francisco Fernández and María de Novara

1530-1540:?AGI, Pasajeros, L.2, E.3760 = Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, II:2577 [to Mexico in May 1537, Francisco Fernández and María de Novara, parents are from Espinosa de los Monteros, vecino of Santolalla, Burgos (spelled by Boyd-Bowman Rivadenira)]

?AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD61, Inquisición, vol.14, exp.31, 1538 [fol.197: case against Juan de Ribadeneyra for blasphemy, Mexico, 8 April 1538, Rodrigo Jimenez calpisque of Juan de Jaramillo that Juan de Ribadeneyra, criado of Alonso de Aguilar committed the offense; Ribadeneyra is a native of Espinosa de los Monteros which is in the mountains of Castilla, has been here 1 year more or less, had been making an estancia for Alonso de Aguilar in Xilotepeque for 15 days, doesn't know how to write; punishment: go to mass with a candle in his hand without a hat and on his knees, 10 pesos]


1540, Feb.: Muster in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 12 [two horses, elk hide jacket, native arms]

?AGI, Contratación, 201, N.3, R.2 [Will of Diego Arica, native of Huelva, 1563, Culiacán, fol.2r; will of 1543: albacea, Pero Hernández Calvo, Juan de Riberadeneyra, Bartolomé Sánchez del Canpillo are named to be a witnesses; [fol. 5v] Culiacán]


?AGI, Contratación, 202A, N.1 [fol. 22r: The property of Alonso de Ulloa, 29 May 1560, La Plata, the deceased owes Gaspar de Saldaña 20 pesos; [fol.24v] Juan Ramos, mayordomo of the hospital in La Plata received 40 pesos of silver from the estate, he signed the receipt; [fol.26r] Gonzalo Sánchez, mayordomo of the cofradia de la Vera Cruz, La Plata, received from the estate 16 pesos and was witnessed by Juan de Ribadeneyra, 17 March 1559; [fol.27r] Benítez received 200 fanegas of corn and a fanega of wheat from the estate (signed his name "Benítez"; [fol.27v] Gaspar de Saldaña signs his receipt for the 20 pesos for the 40 cestos of coca that was agreed to in 1557]

Relatives?: ?Acuña, Relaciónes Geográficas: Tlaxcala [1577; Ayoticpac-a bodegón that was Juan Cano's and now is Hernando de Ribadeneyra];

?RAH, 9/309 [fols. 113v-114r and 120v-121r: Tabla genealógica de la familia de Ribadeneyra… Valladolid…rama de Méjico; other Ribadeneyra on fols. 80v, 113r: (our man Juan de Ribaneyra is not mentioned, but this may be relevant anyway); (1) Alonso de Tórres Salado, veinticuatro de Sevilla y teniente del almirante en su juzgado y doña Leonor de Espinoza, their children include; (2) Hernando de Rivadeneyra, alcalde ordinario de México, who was granted an “asiento como caballero” by the audiencia of 60,200 ducados in juros and censos; his wife is not mentioned, but one son is, although implicaton is made that there were other children; the one son is; (3) Francisco de Ribdeneyra, caballero de Santiago, and familiar del Santo Oficio, who was born in México in the 1500s (could our man be his brother?)]