Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon

FERNANDEZ, EUGENIO

FERNÁNDEZ, EUGENIO (?–?). Eugenio Fernández, soldier and explorer, was part of an expedition led by Col. Diego Ortiz Parrilla that left San Juan Bautista on September 13, 1766, to explore the Texas coast from La Bahía to the mouth of the Rio Grande, especially the island known as Isla de San Carlos de los Malaguitas or Isla Blanca (Padre Island). Fernández was sent with José Antonio de la Garza Falcón and Mateo Martínez, twenty-six soldiers, and nine Indians to explore the island, which they traversed from near the site of present Aransas Pass to the Rio Grande before reporting it uninhabited and waterless. Fernández was subsequently alferez at Santa Rosa María del Sacramento Presidio in Coahuila. In 1768 he served in campaigns against the Mescalero Apaches with Manuel Rodríguez, acting commandant of Coahuila. He also accompanied Rodríguez to La Junta de los Ríos and El Paso in 1769, and he was sent to Chihuahua to locate Lope de Cuellar. In 1772 Fernández was appointed to serve under Vicente Rodríguez as lieutenant of San Juan Bautista. Though Rodríguez and the governor of Coahuila supported the appointment, San Juan Bautista soldiers protested it and took their complaints to the Mexican viceroy, but apparently to no avail.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–1958; rpt., New York: Arno Press, 1976), Robert S. Weddle, San Juan Bautista: Gateway to Spanish Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968).
John G. Johnson

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, John G. Johnson, "Fernandez, Eugenio," accessed June 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffe23.

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.