Miguel Barbachano

Miguel Barbachano y Tarrazo (29 September 1807 17 December 1859) (Baqueiro 1896) was a liberal Yucatecan politician, who was 5 times governor of Yucatán between 1841 and 1853.

Miguel Barbachano y Tarrazo
2nd President of the Republic of Yucatán and Governor of Yucatán
In office
December 11, 1841  October 13, 1842
Preceded bySantiago Méndez
Succeeded bySantiago Méndez
In office
August 18, 1842  November 14, 1843
Preceded bySantiago Méndez
Succeeded bySantiago Méndez
In office
May 15, 1844  June 2, 1844
Preceded bySantiago Méndez
Succeeded byJosé Tiburcio López
In office
January 1, 1846  January 21, 1847
Preceded byJosé Tiburcio López
Succeeded byDomingo Barret Echeverri
In office
March 26, 1847  July 14, 1848
Preceded bySantiago Méndez
Succeeded byCrescencio José Pinelo (Governor of Yucatán)
Governor of Yucatán
In office
July 14, 1848  February 13, 1853
Preceded bySantiago Méndez (President of the Republic of Yucatán)
Succeeded byCrescencio José Pinelo

Miguel Barbachano y Tarrazo was born in the city of Campeche, a son of Manuel Barbachano and his wife, the former Maria Josefa Tarrazo.

He was one of the staunchest advocates for the independence of Yucatán from Mexico, but historical circumstances led to Yucatán twice declaring its independence while Barbachano was out of power, and twice Barbachano arranged for Yucatán's reunification with Mexico.

He generally alternated in power with the centrist Santiago Méndez, who was more in favor of union with Mexico but was driven to declare independence by the excesses of Mexican dictator Antonio López de Santa Anna.

The final reunification was due to the crisis of the Caste War of Yucatán.

Terms as governor

Miguel Barbachano's terms as Governor of Yucatán were:

  • 11 June 1841 to 13 October 1841
  • 18 August 1842 to 14 November 1843
  • 15 May 1844 to 2 June 1844
  • 1 January 1846 to 21 January 1847
  • 26 March 1848 to 13 February 1853


He was married twice, first (in 1842) to Feliciana Camara and second (1851) to Maria del Pilar Quijano.


  • Baqueiro, Serapio. Estudio Biografico Del Excelentisimo Sr. D. Miguel Barbachano y Tarrazo Antiguo Gobernante de la Peninsula Yucateca. Mérida: Tipografia de G. Canto. 1896.
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