At the Tucson 1990 Reunion, the metaphor of a Journey to discover
roots was employed. It suggested that the following questions were
starting points to answer the questions about the family:
Who Am I?
Where Did I Come from?
Who are my people?
Recalling that the search for the family's legacy, began in Jecori,
Sonora, Nueva Espana, thence to Tumacacori, Tubac, and Tucson. It
is still unknown when Sosa ancestors migrated from Jecori to Tubac;
with subsequent settlements in Tucson.
What is known is that between 1743-1760, there were several Sosa
families in the vicinity of Tubac: namely at Buena Vista, Rancho
Guevavi, and Tumacacori.
Further, it is known that ancestor Jose Maria Sosa began his military
career in 1770, and was inventoried at Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac
in 1774 He was of the troops subsequently transferred from the Presidio
San Ignacio de Tubac to the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, on
a date now designated as August 20, 1775. The City of Tucson accepts
this date as the City's founding date.
From the above recital and documentation, the family's known place
of origin, was in 1746 at Sonora. Efforts to probes beyond 1746
have been fruitless, and genealogical research remains stalled.
Hampering the search is the absence of the names of ancestor Sosa's
parents. Captain Don Gregorio Alvarez Tunon y Quiroz, absentee Commandant
of the Fronteras Presidio was being audited by Captain Juan Bautista
de Anza. Manuel Jose de Sosa was an aide to Anza.
One piece of welcomed discovery was the burial site of Dona Rita
Espinosa de Sosa. She died on April 16th, and was buried next to
the Holy Water Basin, in the Tubac Church on April 17, 1820.
From authenticated archival research, partial answers to the 1990
rhetorical questions of Who Am I? Where Did I Come From?, and Who
Are My People? can be glimpsed through the prism of remarks delivered
by this Editor at the 1990 Reunion, when it was stated:
"Through the veins of your extended family runs the blood
of the Old World and the New World. Through the veins of your extended
family run the blood of Spain and Mexico, inextricably entwined.
Through the veins of your extended family runs the blood of the
European continent, the islands of the Kingdom, the North and South
American Continents, the Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa, and Israel
too. Look at your extended family and see a product of America,
and a microcosm of the New World."
The above rhetorical questions, also confronted Octavio Paz. His
thoughts were articulated eloquently and forcefully in his 1950
book The Labyrinth of Solitude .
Octavio Paz, was born in Mexico of Spanish and Mestizo parents.
As a mestizo, Paz declared himself a descendant from that allegorical
and historical liaison of the Spaniard Cortes and the Indian Malinche.
Paz postulates that the genesis of the Mexican Mestizo was the original
offspring of this Spaniard and Indian liaison.
Paz expands on his examination of the Mexican mestizo psyche when
he declares: "For that reason the Hispanic thesis, which would
have us descend from the Spanish, to the exclusion of the Indian,
is the patrimony of a few extremist who are not even pure white....
The Mexican does not want to be either an Indian or a Spaniard.
Nor does he want to be descended from them. He denies them...."
It is left to others whether the themes by Octavio Paz have validity
within the extended Soza, Sosa families of Arizona.
Contrasting the Mexican mestizo with his Mexican American mestizo
counterpart, similarities arise. The Mexican American mestizo may
deny his Mexican parentage in deference to American acculturation
and hopefully hasten entry into the American mainstream. In any
event, it gives credence to the notion that to deny the Spanish,
Indian or Mexican heritage, is to deny mestizaje.
The historical cross-pollination of the Spanish and Indian communities
is the source of the Mexican mestizo progeny, and the bedrock of
the Soza, Sosa heritage and history. Even as Spain attempted to
legislate, regulate and maintain the purity of Spanish blood through
a rigid caste system, cross-pollination worked its wonders to preform.
It gave birth to legions upon legions of mestizos that has been
a mainstay of this family's heritage.
As products of an allegorical and historical union of long ago,
North American Sosa, Soza descendants continue an on going amalgamation
and anthropological development. Family members continue to unite
with others, whose progeny is outside the Spanish and Indian mestizaje
The descendants of that 18th century presidio soldier Sosa, from
whose roots we descend, can re-affirm the declaration uttered in
1990 by this writer:
"Through your veins flows the blood of the Old World and the
New World. Through your veins flows the blood of Spain and Mexico,