The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, presented the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the birth certificate of his grandfather, José Obrador, who was born in Cantabria in 1863.
During a massage offered at a lunch at the Colegio de San Ildefonso, as part of an official visit, Sánchez said: "President López Obrador will allow me to share with you all an indiscretion." He explained that the presidents of the Spanish government are in the habit of exchanging gifts to the country to which they go or with the representatives that visit Spain.
"We try to make these gifts as personal as possible. The gift I have given him, which has been to deliver the birth certificate of his grandfather in 1893 in a small municipality of Cantabria is to reclaim the ties, the roots he has the Mexican people, and the Spanish people." This is the first foreign president to make an official visit, after 60 days when Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency on December 1.
The history of José Obrador
According to a biography based on testimonies of relatives of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, his grandfather José Obrador born in Cantabria, Spain in 1863 crossed the Atlantic hidden in a barrel when he was 14 years old.
"He landed in Matanzas (Cuba), where he worked as a sweeper and clerk in a grocery store. He arrived in Mexico in 1917 to meet with two of his brothers, "according to a note from El País.
"His parents decided to embark him so he could survive far away from belligerent Europe. His older brother, Manuel, had done it before, and Felix would follow soon after. The three opened a store in Tabasco, which they called El Palacio. They sold clothing and food. "
"My grandfather always said with pride that he was from Ampuero," Lopez Obrador acknowledged to his neighbors in September 2018 during the visit made by the president of Cantabria, Miguel Angel Revilla, the Spanish newspaper reports.