Found a Licienado Miguel Francisco Marichalar going to Panama to become Governor. In Feb, 1671, a group of pirates led by Henry Morgan attacked Panama City, the capitol of Panama (Panama La Vieja). Juan Perez de Guzman was to be replaced by Marichalar who was to move the capitol to a new location and take over as Governor. He was Governor from 1671-1676. He was ordered there by the Viceroy of Peru. In an article from the archives of Seville,
it says that: El Conde de Lemos, virrey del Peru, ordeno a Liceniado Miguel Francisco de Marichalar que tomase posesion del mano en Panama en reemplazo de Juan Perez de Guzman y le ordena que mude la ciudad a Ancon." Apparantly Guzman was ordered to burn the warehouses and ammo storage places. The Pirate got credit for the burning of the city. THere is a part in the archives that states " Tan pronto llego Marichalar a Panama, reunio al cabildo eclesiastico y al secular, a los prelados de las religiones, a
Juan Perez de Guzman, a los ministros de la audiencia, a los oficiales reales y al los vecinos del area, para leer la orden del virrey y para preuntarles su opinion sobre la mudanza de la ciudad." He apparantly didn't leave anyone out, but the key here is that he arrived from somewhere else. I am guessing that he came from Peru. Lima, Peru was the high society place for the Spaniards in those days. It was like the Palace in Spain, and by some accounts more lavish. Panama was the trade hub for all the Spanish territories then. It was the center of shipping and trade for the South
American countries and Central AMerica and Mexico, the new Spain. Almost everything came into Panama and was then shipped up and down the territory. Most of the ships carried the settlers, soldiers and others from Spain to
Peru to Panama. On the other side, they came to Cuba and then on to Panama. I don't have any data on Marichalar's family. I found this information in the archive section of La Prensa, a newspaper from Panama. I am in touch
with the reporter that wrote it as a historical piece. I am registered to go into their archives on the internet. I'll keep looking. I am beginning to believe that maybe our Marichalars came from Spain--Navarra, to Peru to Panama to Mexico. I have found that the name originates in Navarra, Spain. I have a description of the coat of arms and the decree of the King giving Royal status to Marichalar. I'll post that later. I also have the data on the coat of arms for Trillo and Zuloaga. If anyone is interested in the entire story of Miguel Francisco Marichalar in Panama, contact me and I'll send it to you.
I'll post the coat of arms data later.
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