I am a Maestas historian you might be interested to know the family that passed through Zacatecas, Mexico on the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
The colonizing families went from Mexico City, Guanajuato, Aguacalientes, Zacatecas, Durango, Allende, Corralitos, El Parral, Chihuahua, Juarez, El paso, Santa Fe and finally San Juan Pueblo.. settling in present day Santa Fe..
The family had ONE origin that was from Spain in particular the Spanish Basque region. The name Maestas is actually Maeztu changed by the Spanish. But the Spanish pronunciation is Maestas. It is understandable that the name changed in dealing with Spanish speakers as the Z would be converted to the S sound and the T when pronounced in Spanish is nearly un-pronounceable therefore was at times dropped or embellished with a Spanish sounding ending of a vowel sound.
It was never anything else not Dutch or any other derivative. The location of origin is Maeztu Spain in the basque country. I have a link set-up regarding the family history I have researched including Heraldry and meaning. http://www.buber.net/Basque/Surname/M/maestas.html
It appears according to the Spanish records and Spanish land grants that the waves of expedition came in two waves directly from Spain in 1500's then again in the 1600's. This is why there are no Maestas in Mexico or throughout Latin America. As Mexico was a temporary stop on a long journey for the family as they followed the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
The Maestas family is on the original Spanish records of immigration to the New World with the intention to settle in Santa Fe and were promised by the king of Spain Land in which to colonize.
My personal history is that there were four brothers that came here to the New World directly from Spain. Their journey took them through Mexico to Santa Fe. One brother went to Colorado the other brothers to New Mexico.
I am from the Santa Fe line we still have Spanish land grants in our name given to our family from the king of Spain.
I am researching into the family's ties to France as there definitely seems to be one not related to the bourbon line which is very interesting.
I would love to hear about your personal family history as you know it as our ancestors were probably brothers if we don't have the same ancestor. :)
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