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Elizeth Payne Iglesias

of black or mulato (mixed race) origin, was born in León, Nicaragua. He was born and raised at the home of Joaquín Arrechavala Vílchez (1728–1823), the wealthiest Spaniard in the city of León, a colonel in the Spanish militia, and a fervent champion of the monarchy during the Central American period of independence. Information on Agustín Vílchez’s likely parentage comes from Arrechavala himself, who in a letter dated 1806 calls him son on various occasions and refers to him in very affectionate terms His mother s name and ethnic origin remain unknown However Vílchez speaks of the smallness and baseness of my obscure birth suggesting his mother could have been a slave or a servant in the paternal household He signed his name as Agustín de Vílchez This de either brought him closer to his Spanish origins or bore evidence of his closeness to the Hispanic Creole ...