Collection CHC0473 - Villalta Family Collection

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Villalta Family Collection


  • 1624-1918 (Creation)


1 Box

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José Fernández de Villalta y Alvarez de Sotomayor was born in Spain. He participated in the War of Independence of Cuba on the Spanish side as an engineer. Villalta served with General Arola during "la trocha" from Júcaro to Moron, where Villalta demonstrated his talents as a military engineer. Upon returning to Spain, he was accepted to the Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico and continued his service until retirement from the Spanish army.

Villalta later emigrated to Cuba, where he became a renown Spanish engineer in charge of one of the largest house constructions. He died in Cuba in 1918.

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The Villalta Family Collection contains documents, clippings, and genealogical information about the Gaona family name and the Villalta family. This collection dates from 1624 to 1918. It is arranged into two series, Series I: Documents, 1678-1918 and Series II: Genealogy & Heraldry, 1624, in 21 folders in one box.

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This collection is open for research.

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Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact for more information.

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  • Spanish

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Purchased from Edward Hartmann, 1995.

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