Nicolás Zamorano

Brief Biography: 
Nicolás Zamorano was the chief pilot for Alarcón's attempted rendezvous by ship with the Expedition. He might be the individual who came with Cortés and if correct, he would have been a native of Porcuna in Jaén province.
Gender: 
Male
Birthplace
Country of Origin: 
Spain
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region): 
Jaén
Place of Birth (City/Town): 
?Porcuna
Last Known Location: 
lower Gila River, Arizona
Position on Expedition: 
Ship's Pilot
References-Documentary: 

pre-1530:

?Orozco y Berra in Dorantes de Carranza, Sumaría relación, 374 [w/Cortés, señor de Ocuila] [Oquillas is S of Burgos, 20 miles]

Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, I:2152

1540-1550:

Narrative of Alarcón’s Voyage in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 15 [p.188: w/Alarcón, chief pilot [Nicolás Zamorano, señor (a minor noble), de Ocuila, is probably the individual of that name from Porcuna, Jaén who was in Cuba in 1518 and a conqueror of Tenochtitlan in 1519];

1560-1570:

?AGI, Patronato, 286, R.147 [March 1561, Emplazamiento al Capitán Nicolás Zamorano, vecino de la villa de Palos];

?AGI, Indiferente General, 425, L.24 [fol. 66r, Licencia a Nicolás Zamorano para pasar a Indias dos escalvos, October 1561];

1570-1580:

?AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD51, Gobierno Virreinal, General de Parte, vol.2, exp.21 [don Martin Enríquez tells the alcalde mayor of the Valle de San Juan and the lugarteniente that Nicolás Zamorano, vecino of Mexico, made a report that his black slave, Lorenzo, criollo, is absent and on the estancia and hacienda of Leonardo de Cervantes, who won't return him; they are to go get the slave and hand him over to Zamorano's agent; 3 July 1579];

1580-1590:

?Acuña, Relaciones Geográficas: Antequera, vol. 2 & 3 [2:65: Chicihcicapa… pueblo de Ocotlán que está encomendado en Nicolás Zamorano, vecino de México]; [Chichicapa: 1580; Nicolás Zamorano, vecino of Mexico City, encomendero of Ocotlan (p.65)];

?AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD110, Real Audiencia, Tierras, vol.2974, exp.109, 1583 = Méndez Martínez y Méndez Torres, Límites, mapas y títulos primordiales [p. 219] = [fols: 2: 1583, Teticpac: El corregimiento del pueblo de Teticpac y su partido a Nicolás Zamorano por un año de diez y seis meses];

Other info: ?Porras Muñoz, El Gobierno de Mexico City [p.476, oldest son of don Pedro Zamorano and doña Inés Hernández (whose father was page to Cortés]

Relatives: ?Orozco y Berra in Dorantes de Carranza, Sumaría relación, 305 [a Miguel and Pedro Zamorano, brothers; Miguel was conqueror of Yucatán, Tabasco, Chiapa and had Miguel and bachiller Pedro]