Peralta, Pedro de

Peralta, Pedro de

▪ Spanish colonial official
born c. 1584, , Spain
died 1666, Madrid

      Spanish colonial official who established Santa Fe as the capital of New Mexico.

      Peralta arrived in Mexico City during the winter of 1608–09 following his university studies in Spain. In March 1609 the viceroy of Mexico appointed him to the post of governor of New Mexico; and, from April to October of that year, Peralta organized an expedition to that province. He evidently reached the colony's San Gabriel settlement, which had served as the colonial capital, by the following spring. He then moved the capital to another settlement, which became known as Santa Fe.

      Peralta's authority as governor of New Mexico was challenged by the Franciscan missionaries. In 1612 one of the missionaries, Fray Isidrio de Ordoñez, declared Peralta a “schismatic heretic” and proclaimed that he was excommunicated. A short time thereafter, Peralta was arrested and was imprisoned for almost a year, until he sent word of his situation to the viceroy, who ordered his release.

      Peralta continued to serve the Spanish monarchy in the Americas, first as lieutenant commander of the Pacific seaport of Acapulco and then as alcalde of Mexico City's royal warehouse, 1621–22. In 1637 he traveled to Caracas, Venezuela, where he married and entered a commercial enterprise. From 1644 to 1652 Peralta served as auditor and, later, as treasurer of the royal treasury in Caracas. He returned to Spain in the latter year, after sustaining injuries from residents who resented his attempts to collect debts owed to the monarchy. He resigned his commission in 1654 and lived in retirement in Madrid until his death.

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