Lucas, 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. Lucas was a native of Zapotlán (State of Jalisco). He was a lay brother and remained in Quivira with fray Juan de Padilla until he fled with expeditionary Andrés del Campo.

Country of Origin
Place of Birth (City/Town)
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region)
Died on the Expedition?
Last Known Location
Quivira (near Lyons, Kansas)
Indigenous Social Status
Position on Expedition


Juan Jaramillo’s Narrative in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 30 [p.517:Jaramillo’s narrative] [Sebastián and second Indian with fray Juan de Padilla “from Zapotlán or thereabouts”]


?AGI, México, 96 [no date,The principales of Michoacán are objecting to the tribute requirements, 27  Nov. 1555, a Lucas Suvpi? Unibi? (at the end of his testimony), native of the pueblo of çinçonza, age 40+, speaking through an interpreter]

Other info: Tello, Libro Segundo  [p.347/489: donado with Padilla; native of Michoacán; returned with Andrés del Campo];

Mendieta, Historia Eclesiastica Indiana [p.744-745: donado with Juan de Padilla];

Kessell, Kiva, Cross, and Crown [p.25: Tarascan Indian catechist with Padilla];

?Hillerkuss, Documentalia  [Lucas, indio, "El amojonamiento entre los obispados de la Nueva Galicia y Michoacán (1551)"; 29 April, 1551, witness, Tequiciapa, encomendero was Juan Pinzón, vecino of Colima, Lucas is son of Juan Huizil, p.102];

Chávez, Oroz Codex [p.316: Lucas died years after his companion Sebastián, of illness during a conquest of the Chichimecas of Zacatecas; p.275n7: indeed, Chávez, citing fray Gerónimo de Mendieta’s Codice franciscano, claims that the donado Lucas was with fray Cyndos at Zacatecas in 1559];