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ZUNIGI, Baltasar de, Marquis de Valero, thirty-sixth viceroy of Mexico, born in Andalusia about 1670; died in Madrid about 1780. He was appointed in 1716, and on 16 August received the government from his predecessor, the Duke of Linares. Shortly afterward the governor of Texas, Captain Diego Ramon, sent information that for want of provisions he would have to abandon the territory and retire to Coahuila unless relieved, and Zuniga at once hurried forward provisions, ammunition, troops, and artisan settlers to teach the Indians. In 1717 a Florida chief, Tixjanaque, who had manifested to the governor of Pensacola a desire to visit, the viceroy, arrived in Mexico, and was so well treated by Zuniga that he accepted baptism and offered the perpetual friendship of his tribe. In the next year the English wood-cutters in Laguna de Terminos, and French settlers in Texas, not having complied with an order of evacuation, were forcibly expelled, and several colonies were founded in "Texas. In 1719 the viceroy received the visit of Toniatuh, a chief of the Cora Indians of the Nayarit mountains, upon whom he prevailed to receive a Spanish force in his mountains, which had been the refuge of criminals from New Galicia and New Vizeaya. When the chief afterward refused compliance with the treaty, Zuniga sent a large force, which, after long warfare, conquered the tribe and established in their territory a town, which was called San Francisco de Valero. In 1719 war began with the French, and on 19 May they captured Pensacola, which .was restored in 1720. On account of feeble health, the viceroy repeatedly resigned, and when, on 15 October, 1722, his successor arrived, he returned to Spain.
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