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Francisco Antonio Zea

Francisco Antonio Zea was a Neogranadine journalist, botanist, diplomat and statesman that served as the 1st Vice President of Colombia under then-President Simon Bolivar. He was also Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland where he tried in vain to gain recognition for the nascent nation of Colombia.

Francisco Antonio Zea was born to Pedro Rodriguez de Zea Casafus, a Spaniard from Marchena, Seville, and Maria Rosalia Ignacia Diaz Pelaez whose paternal family hailed from Asturias while her maternal side was a well established Criollo Paisa family. He was baptized on 23 November 1766 with the name Juan Francisco Antonio Hilarion Zea Diaz.

Zea married in Madrid in 1805 to Felipa Meilhon y Montemayor, a gaditana born in 1788, daughter of Juan Antonio Meilhon, a native of Bearn, France, and Antonia Montemayor, native of Ronda, Malaga. Out of this marriage was born only one daughter, Felipa Antonia Zea Meilhon, who would later become Viscountess of Rigny after marrying Alexander Gaulthier, Viscount of Rigny, son of Henri, Count of Rigny. His widow died in Madrid in 1833, and his daughter then-window of Rigny, died on 4 September 1887 at the Chateau de Fougeres.

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