Joined: 27 Nov 2007
Location: Monterey County, California
|Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:16 pm Post subject: General Manuel Castro
|General Manuel Castro was born at the old Presidio of Monterey, on Christmas Day, 1821. He was ushered into Mexican rule at the beginning of her independence from Spain, and was destined to play an important role in the country's government. Mexico then included all the territory from the Gulf of Mexico west to the Pacific ocean, and north to the northern boundary of California.
In 1839, at the age of 18 years, he was secretary to the prefect of Monterey. He was the prime mover in the revolt against Micheltorena, governor of Alta California, and took an active part throughout the troubles of 1844 and 1845. He was once captured and exchanged, and was finally commissioned to make a treaty.
Under the administration of 1845 he was made prefect of Monterey district and lieutenant of the Monterey company. He was a warm supporter of Governor Pico, against General Jose Castro. In 1846 he was promoted as captain of the Santa Barbara company, and received a grant of 11 leagues of land, the celebrated Laguna Detache, but continued his services as prefect.
In the war with the United States for the conquest of California he was the most prominent figure on the Mexican side, and fought General John C. Fremont's army to the last.
He was sent south in July, 1846, as commissionado to effect a reconciliation between his cousin, General Jose Castro, and Governor Pico, who was his uncle. On the departure of General Jose Castro, he was elected to command at Los Angeles.
General Manuel Castro would never admit that he was, and it is not known whether he was one of the officers captured and paroled by Stockton's men. He was violently opposed to the treaty of peace, and to the moment of his death in 1891 remained loyal to his country and never became an American citizen.