Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Acuña, Manuel

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ACUÑA, Juan, marquis of Casaferte, 87th viceroy of Mexico, b. in Lima, Peru, late in the 17th century; d. in Mexico, 17 March, 1774. He was an officer of artillery in the Spanisli army. For twelve years, from 15 Oct., 1722. he governed New Spain with great success in all the depart- ments of the administration. During that period many public buildings were erected, among them the custom house, the mint, and the " Newgate "" of Vera Cruz, erected 1727, which for many years was called " Puerta de Acuiia." ]Mining received a great impulse, while commerce with Spain and the Philippine islands was increased. Acuiia sent to Texas a colony from the Canary islands, who found- ed the town of San Fernando.