Zúñiga, Ignacio (?–?)

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Zúñiga, Ignacio (?–?)

Ignacio Zúñiga, nineteenth-century frontier military officer and politician. Zúñiga rose in the colonial army to command a series of presidio garrisons on Mexico's northwestern frontier, beginning with that of Tucson in 1809. As senator and then deputy in the national congress in the late 1820s, he unsuccessfully opposed the division of the state of Occidente into Sonora and Sinaloa. His 1835 treatise (Rápida ojeada …) detailed the problems of Sonora and proposed measures to alleviate public insecurities and promote enterprise. He supported the federalist revolts of José de Urrea in 1837 and Santa Anna in 1841, and served as a federal deputy in 1842.

See alsoSonora; Urrea, José de.


Ignacio Zúñiga, Rápida ojeada al Estado de Sonora, territorios de California y Arizona, 1835 (1835; repr. 1948).

Stuart F. Voss, On the Periphery of Nineteenth Century Mexico: Sonora and Sinaloa, 1810–1877 (1982), pp. 87-91, 102-103.

Francisco R. Almada, Diccionario de historia, geografía y biografía sonorenses (1983), p. 746.

Additional Bibliography

Tinker Salas, Miguel. In the Shadow of the Eagles: Sonora and the Transformation of the Border During the Porfiriato. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

                                             Stuart F. Voss

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