Cristóbal Baca

Cristóbal Baca (1567 - 1613)

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capitán Cristóbal Baca aka Cabeza Vaca III
Born in Ciudad de México, Virreinato de Nueva España (Distrito Federal, México)map
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in San Mateo, Provincia de Nuevo México, Virreinato de Nueva España (New Mexico, USA)map
Profile last modified | Created 1 Dec 2016 | Last significant change: 21 Feb 2019
05:44: Levi Martínez Jr. edited the Biography for Cristóbal Baca (1567-1613). [Thank Levi for this]
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Categories: New Mexico First Families.



Cristobal was one of the Captains who came to reinforce the Don Juan de Onate Colony in San Gabriel. In Captain Gaspar de Villagra's List, the procurator general of the reinforcements, we find Cristobal Vaca, legitimate son of Juan de Vaca, native of the city of Mexico, of good stature and features, swarthy, 33 years old, armed like the rest with coat of mail, cuisse, iron beaver, a jineta saddle, and his horse protected by hides of bull, cow, or calf. He also took the oath to serve his majesty in the provinces of New Mexico. Also we find Doña Ana Ortiz, daughter of don Francisco Pacheco, wife of Cristobal Vaca, native of Nueva Espana. She brought three daughters and a son: Juana de Zamora, Isabel, Maria de Villarubia, and Antonio. She is taking a woman servant named Anna Verdugo, native of Mexico, unmarried. Cristobal and his family were among the few who remained at San Gabriel and loyal to Onate, when the rest of the colonists deserted..[1]

Cristobal Baca, 1567 - 1620

Birth: February 17, 1567 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Occupation: Soldier, Captain
Occupation: Captain Of Onate's Colony In 1600

Marriage: Ana Maria Pacheco y Ortiz ~1582 Mexico City, New Spain Death: 1620 San Mateo, Valencia, New Mexico, United States Parents: Juan De Vaca 1537 - 1570 Juana Zamora 1544 - 1570 Wife: Ana Maria Ortiz Pacheco 1563 - 1620 Siblings:

  1. Ana Vaca 1562 - ?
  2. Alonso Vaca 1573 - ?
  3. Lucas Vaca 1576 - ?
  4. Isabel de Bohórquez Baca 1586 - 1627
  5. Maria Ortiz Baca 1590 - 1622
  6. Juana de Zamora Baca 1592 - ?
  7. Maria de Villanueva Baca 1593 - 1622
  8. Antonio Baca 1600 - 1643


  1. Isabel Bohórquez Baca 1586 - 1627
  2. Alonso Ortiz Baca 1589 - 1662
  3. Antonio Ortiz Baca 1589 - 1643
  4. Unknown Baca 1592 - ?
  5. Juana de Zamora Baca 1592 - 1693
  6. Maria Villanueva de Baca 1595 - 1622
  7. Cristóbal Baca 1637 - 1687
  8. Luis María Baca 1640 - ?

Research Notes

According to Origins of New Mexico Families:
"He was one of the captains who came to reinforce the Onate colony in 1600. Baca's family was among the few who remained at San Gabriel when the rest of the colonists deserted".


  1. Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, Fray Angélico Chávez, UNM Press - 442 pages.
  • Bautismo de su hija Juana:

LDS, "México, Distrito Federal, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1514-1970," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Asunción Sagrario Metropolitano (Centro) > image 61 of 716; parroquias Católicas, Distrito Federal (Catholic Church parishes, Distrito Federal).

  • Chavez, A., & Chavez, A. (1992). Origins of New Mexico families: A genealogy of the Spanish colonial period. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press

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Bandera del Virreinato de Nueva España (1521-1821)
Bandera del Virreinato de Nueva España (1521-1821)


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