Pedro de Ibarra (governor of La Florida)
Governor of La FloridaOriginally from the Basque Country, in 1549 he explored the region in Zamora.
In 1603 he was appointed governor of Florida
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. Upon arrival in Florida he checked the disruption of society and the confrontation between natives and Spaniards, the first of which subjected to force and killed to some religious in the place.
This rebellion, caused by his predecessor in command, Gonzalo Méndez de Canço
Gonzalo Méndez de Canço
Gonzalo Méndez de Canço was a Spanish Admiral and the seventh Governor of Florida , but he was best known for having introduced the cultivation of corn from Florida to Asturias, which turned out to be very important to that province.-Early life:Gonzalo Méndez de Canço y Donlebún was born in 1554...
, also meant the death of many Spanish soldiers. Pedro de Ibarra managed to quell the fighting, kindness and intelligence in dealing with the natives and he was able to consolidate peace and progress.
Later, on August 28 of the years (1603), English pirates captured along of Cayo Romano
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) two Spanish ships , one of them was Pedro de Ibarra. Pedro de Ibarra night managed to escape the cautierio and odicea after 32 days, he arrived in Havana. He left the government of the province in 1609.
Period of FriendshipPedro de lbarra worked at establishing peace with the native cultures to the South of St. Augustine. An account is recorded
of his meeting with great Indian caciques(chiefs).
On September 2, 1605 the elusive Captain Grande finally arrived in St. Augstine accompanied by his manadado, the chiefs of Surruque and Urabia, and twenty Indians of high status. Yabarra (Pedro de Ibarra)cordially welcomed and entertained them in his own home.
The friendship of the Indians had been won. In the words of Ybarra, "Since then the Caciques come and go as they please, and our soldiers do the same, by sea as well as by land, with the greatest security."
Ybarra (Ibarra) sent Alvaro Mexia
Alvaro Mexia was a 17th century Spanish explorer and cartographer of the east coast of Florida. Mexia was stationed in St Augustine and was given a diplomatic mission to the native populations living south of St. Augustine and in the Cape Canaveral area...
a cartographer on a mission further South to meet and develop dipomatic ties with the Ais Indian nation as well as produce a map.
Personal lifePedro Ibarra married with Ana de Unzueta and he proclaimed Lord of the house Unzueta (Vizcaya
Vizcaya may refer to:* Biscay, a Basque region and a province of Spain ** Biscay , related senses** Vizcaya ** Vizcaya Bridge, a transporter bridge in Biscay...
), formerly Parish Onacinos bias