Damián, indio

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. Damián was a principal in the San Sebastián barrio of Mexico City. Due to his participation in the Expedition, he was given license to ride a horse and carry a sword. Most Natives were not allowed to do either.

Gender
Male
Birthplace
Country of Origin
Mexico
Place of Birth (City/Town)
Mexico City, San Sebastián
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region)
Federal District
Date of Death
1544
Died on the Expedition?
No
Last Known Location
Mexico City
Indigenous Social Status
Principal
Residence After Expedition
Mexico City
References-Documentary

1540-50:

AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD72, Real Audiencia, Mercedes, vol.2, exp. 23, 1542 [frame 25: licencia to Damián, indio principal y natural de México en el barrio de San Sebastián, to have and ride a horse and carry a sword, atento que en servicio de su magestad fuystes a la tierra nueva, December 23, 1542];

AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD72, Real Audiencia, Mercedes, vol.2, exp. 327, 1543 [fol. 130r: Damián, natural de esta tierra e principal e natural de esta ciudad de la parte de México, asks for and is granted a solar on the left side of the calle that runs from Santo Domingo to Santa Ana on which to build “casas en que viviesedes;” July 1543]

AGI, Justicia, 258, pieza 1, “Visita hecha al Virrey, 1544” [principal de mexico que es ya muerto] [went on expedition]