María Josefa Espinosa de Cuesta papers

Collection 1257

1822-1842, undated
(0.8 Linear feet ; 2 boxes)

Summary Information

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Cuesta, Maria Josefa Espinosa de
María Josefa Espinosa de Cuesta papers
1822-1842, undated
0.8 Linear feet ; 2 boxes
Finding aid prepared by Sabrina Bocanegra, Willhem Echevarria, Cary Hutto
Processing made possible by a generous donation from the Abington Junior High School History Club.

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Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], María Josefa Espinosa de Cuesta papers (Collection 1257), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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María Josefa Espinosa was born in Mexico and married Ángel León de la Cuesta y Álvarez, a Peruvian man who did business in Ecuador. From approximately 1826 until her death in the 1840s she lived in Philadelphia, where her brothers-in-law Fernando and Leandro de la Cuesta operated a shipping business. She was a businesswoman who bought and sold real estate and made loans, and she served as legal guardian of her nephew Francisco de Paula Pastor, who was later diplomatic representative of Ecuador to Mexico.

The collection mainly consists of incoming correspondence from de Cuesta's two sons, who studied in Paris, and her daughter and son-in-law, in Panama. There are also deeds, contracts, and a few pages of calculations. The papers date from 1822 to 1842, with some undated miscellaneous material, and the collection spans two boxes -- a total of fourteen folders. The correspondence takes up all eight folders in the first box and four of six folders in the second. The remaining two folders in the collection contain the aforementioned legal documents and miscellaneous papers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; 2016.

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107


The collection is open for research.


Provenance unknown.

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Related Materials

Related materials

At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Cuesta family business papers (Collection 3251)

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Mexican American families--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century.
  • Mexican Americans--History--Sources.
  • Mexican Americans--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • Personal correspondence--19th century.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence 1826-1836 

1 1-8

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Correspondence 1837-1839, 1842, undated 

2 1-4

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Legal and financial papers 1838, 1842, undated 

2 5

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Miscellaneous 1822, undated 

2 6

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