RONQUILLO, PEDRO DE
RONQUILLO, PEDRO DE (?–?). As Spanish ambassador to England in the late seventeenth century, Pedro de Ronquillo played a vital diplomatic role in dealing with the French threat in America. Although King Charles II of England was noted for his mercenary relationship with Louis XIV of France, Ronquillo obtained from him news of the renegade Spaniard Conde de Peñalosa's scheming with the Sun King to conquer parts of New Spain. On Charles's death in 1685, his brother, the Catholic James II, took the English throne. James manifested a new friendliness toward Spain, and Ronquillo was instructed to cultivate the friendship and assure the new king of Spain's close alliance and support. It became a crucial matter when, in March 1686, word reached Spain of La Salleqv's invasion of the Gulf of Mexico. Though at first not convinced that La Salle posed a real threat, Ronquillo spared no effort to carry out his instructions. As a result, James II issued a warning to Louis XIV against extending his American possessions at Spain's expense and is said to have received Louis's reassurance. Ronquillo was successful also in gathering information on La Salle. On February 7, 1687, he forwarded to the viceroy of New Spain a copy of a report of La Salle's activities on the Texas coast up to the time the ship Joly had left to return to France and copies of maps of the Matagorda Bay area drawn by the French engineer Minetqv. The document and maps enabled the Spanish officers who had found the wreckage of La Salle's ships to reconcile their data and strengthened their belief that La Salle had met disaster and no longer posed a threat.
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.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Robert S. Weddle, "Ronquillo, Pedro De," accessed July 23, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/froac.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.