José Manuel de Molina Bautista
Inducted on April 27, 2019
The history of the first settlers of New Iberia is very interesting. The details of the settlement were discussed in a book written by the nominated honoree de Molina Bautista, a native of Malaga, Spain. A short summary follows: On June 1, 1778, 16 families from Malaga, Andalusia, Spain boarded the Brig San Josef, and sailed to New Orleans. Commanded by Lt. Col. Francisco Bouligny, with the approval of Governor Bernardo de Galvez, they founded New Iberia in the Spring of 1779. The initial settlement was at current-day Charenton, LA, but it was moved to the present-day site after the Spring rains flooded the area. Today, New Iberia remains the only extant town in Louisiana to be founded by Spaniards during the Colonial Era. The Spanish pioneers called their town "Nueva Iberia" in consideration of their homeland, the Iberian Peninsula in Spain.
In his nomination of de Molina, Reaux noted, "With so few Spanish families in the area in 1779, the Spanish men began marrying French women who taught the children how to speak French and not Spanish. As a result the Spanish language was quickly lost. Today many descendants of the original families, with names like Segura, Migues, Romero, Gary, Viator, Lopez and Prados, speak fluent French and not Spanish. It was the work of author and historian Jose Manuel de Molina that helped create an awareness among the Cajun Spaniards that they indeed had Spanish roots in addition to their Acadian connections. Jose Manuel has indeed contributed to helping to shape and define our Cajun culture and is certainly very worthy of induction into the Order of the Living Legends of the Acadian Museum."
The following is a summary of de Molina Bautista’s outstanding work as a historian and researcher.
José Manuel de Molina Bautista, born on August 30, 1964 in Málaga, Spain, is currently working as an archivist in the Center for Historical Research Julian Sesmero Ruiz in Alhaurín de la Torre. He is a TV presenter on the local channel Torrevision and a theatre scriptwriter with plays such as Alhaurinsomnio, October, 2018.
He is the author of these books below:
• Alhaurín de la Torre in 1751 according the Census of The Marques de la Ensenada. 132 pp. City of Alhaurín de la Torre, 2014
• The Convent of the Fuensanta of Alhaurin de la Torre and the Dissolution in Malaga. 212 pp. CEDMA. Publications Service of the Provincial Council of Malaga. 2013
• Historical-Artistic Guide Book of the Church of Alhaurin de la Torre 124 pp. S. L. Darrax Culture and Communication Alhaurin de la Torre, 2009
• Alhaurin de la Torre during the War of Independence. 184 pp. City of Alhaurin de la Torre. Alhaurin de la Torre, 2008
• History of Alhaurin de la Torre in the Modern Age, 1489-1812.296 pp. City of Alhaurin de la Torre. Alhaurin de la Torre, 2005
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences, Alhaurín and History. Title: Values of the cemetery of Alhaurin de la Torre. City of Alhaurín de la Torre. November 16, 2017
• Lecture in Motril, Granada. Title: The living Holy Week. Asociación Agua Viva – Motril Cofrade. April 26, 2016
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences, Alhaurín and History. Title: Picasso and Alhaurin de la Torre. City of Alhaurín de la Torre. November 28, 2014
• Lecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Center for Louisiana Studies. Title: The Malagueños in Louisiana. November 15, 2012
• Lecture in New Iberia. Louisiana, United States. Spanish Association of New Iberia. Title: The foundation of New Iberia. November 16, 2012
• Lecture in New Iberia. Louisiana, United States. Spanish Association of New Iberia. Title: Spanish Influence in Louisiana and the United States. November 18, 2012
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences, Alhaurín and History. Title: The Fuensanta Convent of Alhaurin de la Torre. City of Alhaurín de la Torre November 28, 2013
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences, Alhaurín and History. Title: The Sesmero Legacy, an opportunity for Alhaurin de la Torre. City of Alhaurin de la Torre. November 3, 2011
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences Churriana-Cupiana. Title: The Middle Ages in Malaga. City of Malaga. March 7, 2007
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences, Alhaurín and History. Title: Alhaurín de la Torre in the Archive of the Nobility in Toledo. City of Alhaurin de la Torre. November 25, 2004
• Lecture at the Cycle of Conferences, Alhaurín and History. Title: Alhaurín de la Torre in the Census of the Marqués de la Ensenada. Organised by City of Alhaurin de la Torre. October 7, 2003
Some articles in magazines
• Article The living Holy Week. Motril Cofrade. April 26,
• 2016Article New Iberia's Spanish Twinning: A Spaniard's Perspective. Iberia Parish. 2016
• Article El Paso in the province of Malaga. Jábega. No. 104 CEDMA. March, 2014
• Article The Creator unites us. Pedro Pérez Hidalgo. La Saeta. Agrupación de Cofradías de Málaga. November. 2012
• Article The Malaguena city of New Iberia in the United States. Péndulo. No. XXIII. Málaga, April. 2011
• Article Some Pseudorelicsin the Diocese of Málaga. Cáliz de Paz. Málaga. February. 2009