San Miguel Regla Hacienda.
By Rob Pos
23 Jan 2013
This Hacienda has been objective of numerous filmmakers, one movie that I'm sure everyone has seen and was filmed here is "The mask of Zorro" with Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones.(1988)
Located in the municipality of Ocampo Huasca recently named Magic Town, thanks to its natural and historical richness, the Hacienda San Miguel Regla was founded in the eighteenth century by Don Pedro Romero de Terreros, Conde de Regla, who for many years exploded silver deposits that were in the area of Real del Monte, thus creating the hacienda. Given its location close to the silver mines and thanks to its abundant channels and be within a lush forest, was the perfect place for business purposes founders miners.
Pedro Romero de Terreros was born in Cortegana, Spain, on June 28, 1710, the fifth (of six) child and fourth son of Ana Gómez and José Romero de Terreros. His parents had little land or wealth but were related to the two largest landowners in Cortegana. Pedro and his brothers were all literate, although no documentation has been found as to how they were educated. Pedro showed signs of having a superior intellect, and his parents originally considered having him trained for the priesthood.
It is likely that Romero de Terreros began his career as a clerk in Puerto de Santa María. There would have been little opportunity for advancement, and the pay would have been very low. As a younger son, Romero de Terreros would not have received the same support from his parents as his elder brothers received, and he would have needed to find his own way. Several members of his extended family had previously emigrated to the New World and operated successful businesses there, and his eldest brother Francisco had emigrated in 1723 to work for their uncle Juan Vázquez Terreros; Francisco died in Mexico in 1728.
About 1730, Romero de Terreros journeyed to Mexico. According to a contemporary account, Romero de Terreros's trip may originally have been to settle his brother's estate, but he chose to stay and assist his uncle. On his arrival, he followed local practice of recent European immigrants using the honorific "don", a title which in Spain was reserved for the minor nobility (hidalgos). Romero de Terreros joined his uncle in Querétaro, the third largest city in Mexico.
If you'd like to read a little more, here is a link with the full history of the Hacienda.