Luisa, india

Brief Biography: 
The indios amigos were not listed on the 1540 muster but many were present. They also rarely appear as individuals in the documentary record. Luisa was one of the few women mentioned by name in the documentary record. She was possibly a native of Culiacán (State of Sinaloa) and acted as an interpreter on the Expedition. At some point on the Expedition's return to Mexico City, Luisa fled.
Gender: 
Female
Birthplace
Country of Origin: 
Mexico
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region): 
Sinaloa
Place of Birth (City/Town): 
Culiacán
Died on the Expedition?: 
No
Last Known Location: 
Tierra Nueva
Indigenous Social Status: 
Interpreter
Position on Expedition: 
Interpreter
References-Documentary: 

1550-1560:

?AHMC, Caja A3, Exp. 9 [fol.1-11: Jan 4, 1559; will of Inés de Soto; pending debt to Alonso López; left 6 pesos to Luisa, india, for good service]

Other info:

Obregón, Historia [p.71, 74-75: [interpreter; fled Vázquez de Coronado as they were returning from Cíbola; native of Culiacán]