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D'Arana, Fleet Marshall of Columbus
by Jim Lehe Arana
I am descended from Diego D'Arana who was the Fleet Marshall on
Columbus' first voyage to the Americas. Diego's cousin (also a Basque
Arana) was Columbus' mistress who bore Columbus' only sons.
My great grandfather was one of three sons who settled the Americas to
establish an international coffee business based in or around San
Sebastian. My family settled Puerto Rico while the others settled
South America (Colombia?) and San Salvador. An Arana was briefly
President of San Salvador but was assassinated.
My mother is Saturnina Arana de Lehe, born in Lares, Puerto Rico,
among eight children. Her father continued the coffee growing
business until his death around 1929. Afterwards, all land holdings
were lost. Lares is the site of the "Grito de Lares" which was the
island's first rebellion for independence from Spain. The rebellion
originated at the Arana plantation.
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