Biography of Eugenio de Alvarado (1715-?)

Military and Spanish politician of Creole descent, born in Barbacoas (Popayán) on February 6, 1715. He/She was the son of the Governor of this territory of New Granada and the Countess of Carthage limeña. Like his father, he/she followed military career. In 1722 he/she attained the grade of second lieutenant of infantry; in 1725 he/she amounted to captain, in 1750 to Colonel, in 1761 to brigadier, in 1763 to marshal field and into 1775 to lieutenant general. After spending his childhood in Peru and joining the army, he/she was assigned to the regiment of Lombardy. He/She participated in the campaign of Italy of 1741, country where he/she served until his return to Spain. Thanks to its impeccable service record, his American experience and a natural mood to the organization he/she was elected by the Minister of Estado José de Carvajal as second Commissioner of the expedition of limits which was organizing in implementation of the Treaty of limits hispano-portugues of 1750. After obtaining the habit of Knight of Santiago, he/she went to Cádiz, which dealt with organizational tasks. He/She worked Expeditionary tasks until 1761, year in which he/she returned to the peninsula. Promoted to brigadier, he/she was assigned as second Commander of the grenadiers's Zamora Corps and participated in the campaign against Portugal. At the end of 1766 it was in Madrid. The Count of Aranda commanded him to then make a report on the handling of the Jesuits in the path of the dividing line, which advised its expulsion of the dominions of the King of Spain. Shortly afterwards he/she was appointed director of the Seminary of Nobles and, after ascending to field marshal, he/she was appointed general commander of Oran. In African square, he/she carried out various historical and strategic studies. During his rule, which seems to have had certain reformist character, diverse urban works were undertaken and promoted the realization of different public shows. At the end of 1774 it was temporary license in court, a stay in which perhaps mobilized his influences for his appointment as captain general of Canary Islands. His Government in the Islands lasted until 1779. In 1775, he/she was awarded the title of Marquis of Tabalosos. Stage of Eugenio de Alvarado as Governor of the Canary excels the elaboration of a plan of military and political, with a multitude of data on agriculture, livestock and handicrafts, and the memory of a ruler - how non - interested in Indian business.


LUCENA GIRALDO, M. Tropical laboratory. The issue of limits to the Orinoco (1750-1767), Caracas, 1993.