Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Juan Nepomuceno Cortina

Juan Nepomuceno Goseascochea Cortina
1. JUAN NEPOMUCENO GOSEASCOCHEA2 CORTINA (TRINIDAD1) was born 16 May 1824 in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and died 30 Oct 1894 in Mexico City, Mexico. He married (1) DOLORES GOSEASCOCHEA TIJERINA 01 Jul 1846 in Matamoros ,Tamaulipas, Mexico, daughter of JUAN TIJERINA and FELICIANA GOSEASCOCHEA. She was born Abt 1830 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and died Abt 1847, no issue. He married (2) RAFAELA CORTEZ Jan 1850 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. He married (3) MARIA JESUS LOPEZ Abt 1853.
Juan N Cortina was the famous Mexican general that stood up for the rights of his people after the Mexican American War. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed by both countries granting all the Mexican people north of the Rio Grande the right to keep their land as long as they were occupying it. This was a bitter time along the river. Many Mexican people left because of threats from the new Anglo settlers, but many fought for their rights and stayed on their land. It was Cortina that organized the ranchers so they could protect their land. This group of ranchers were called the "Cortinistas".
Juan Cortina returned to Mexico where he died. He stilll has family living on the land his ancestors recieved as Spanish land grantees.

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