Cristóbal del Valle

Brief Biography

Cristóbal del Valle was not present at the 1540 muster. He stated in 1547 that he did participate in the Expedition and that he had been in New Spain since 1536. Cristóbal was a native of Aranda de Duero (Burgos province) and the son of Antonio del Valle and Ana de le Yua (probably Leyba). He was probably a horseman because he stated that he took horses with him to Tierra Nueva. Upon his return, he settled in western Mexico.

Title (Y/N)
Date of Birth
before 1524
Age Set
Country of Origin
Place of Birth (City/Town)
Aranda de Duero
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region)
Died on the Expedition?
Last Known Location
Purificación, Mexico
Position on Expedition
Residence After Expedition
Guadalajara, Purificación (Mexico)
Name of Spouse
Ynés de Valle
Ability to sign name
father:Antonio del Valle; mother: Ana de Leyba


González-Leal, Relación Secreta  [p. 78-81: Xalisco: Cristóbal del Valle; pp. 88-90: Pobladores vecinos de Guadalajara que tiene indios: Cristóbal del Valle ha servido, es pobre];

Leal, Fundadores, p.14 [Listed in the Padrón de Tetlán, 1541];

AGI, Justicia, 339, N.1, R.1 [December 1544, witness: del Valle, more than 20 years old, is de parte witness, could sign his name (no signature on copy) [has known Vázquez de Coronado since about 1537];

AGI, México, 1064, L.1\1, “Informes” [fol.245r] =  Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, II:2257 = Icaza, Diccionario, #1121 [vecino of Guadalajara; native of Aranda de Duero; son of Antonio del Valle and Ana de le Yua (probably Leyba); 11 years in Nueva España; went with Vázquez de Coronado to Tierra Nueva of Cíbola; he took his arms and horses and spent alot; he has his mother with him; is poor]


BPE, Civil, Folder 2-12-27 [1568, Purificación, Proceso execuçion contra Diego Hurtado e Cristóbal del Valle; 1568 [Cristóbal del Valle, vecino of Purificación, estante in Guadalajara, como principal deudor and Diego Hurtado, vecino of Guadalajara, como su fiador e principal pagador; obligated to pay Alonso de la Vera; ganado menor in the Valle de Maçatepeque; 100 veros de yeguas; black slave, Maria; fol.1r: signed; if this is him, he wrote his own documents; a Juan Rodríguez, vecino of Guadalajara, called as witness; (signed) 27 June 1571, fol.14v]

daughter: Palomino y Cañedo, Protocolos de Rodrigo Hernández Cordero, Anotaciones, #60 [p.258; Ynés del Valle, daughter of Cristóbal de Valle, was wife of Diego Hurtado; Palomino y Cañedo believes she is the daughter of Cristóbal even though Icaza only says she is a daughter of a conqueror]