Famous people from Lepe
Lepe streets remind us the names of known and distinguished people whose work has helped to enrich our minds and to ennoble our local history.
Juan de Lepe: He was born in the mid-fifteenth century. Juan, of plebeian origin, was introduced at the British court and became the confidant, friend, jester and fellow games of chance of Henry VII. We don´t know how he obtained Henry´s trust but Monarch bet the kingdom´s revenues, for one day, in a double of cards. Juan won the game and made it public in England. He was hailed as “The little Kind of England”. When Henry died, Juan de Lepe went back to his hometown carrying incomes and profits. From this fact born the idiom “Know more than Lepe”.
Rodrigo de Triana: He´s the sailor who some authors consider as a Lepe´s neighbor and the first man who screamed, land ho! from the ship called “Pinta” on October 12, 1492. Lepe´s sailors had a leading role, taking part in the Portuguese navy in the Middle Age, on the discoverer travel that our neighbors made through the African coasts, Columbia voyages and the subsequent expeditions.
Cristobal Méndez: his wide medicine knowledge led him to publish the book “Exercises and its benefits" in 1553, where he discovers the benefits of sport, becoming forerunner of this activity.
Juan Díaz de Solís: who played a leading role in one of the most glorious deeds in the Indies, the River Plate´s discovery.
Álvaro Alonso Barba: He was born in Lepe on November 15, 1569. Ecclesiastic and an expert in Bolivia´s indigenous language, he is the most outstanding figure of mining history and perhaps he is the most famous person from Lepe in America. His works “The Art of Metal” and “ benefits of Escoria and Blanquito”, was a considerable advance in the metallurgy sphere and it still remains an unquestionable scientific value, a decisive contribution to the minerals recognition, exploitation and processing.
Rafael de Oria y Castañeda: 1809-1866, Franciscan and professor at the University of Seville. He has made various scientific objects, has took photographs of the Bella Virgen and has installed the first electric light which illuminated the April fair in 1850.