Maria Anna von Österreich
b.24 Dec 1634
d.16 May 1696 Madrid, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
m. 20 FEB 1631
Facts and Events
Mariana of Austria (Maria Anna; 24 December 1634 – 16 May 1696) was Queen consort of Spain as the second wife of King Philip IV, who was also her maternal uncle. At the death of her husband in 1665, Queen Mariana became regent for her son Charles II, the last Spanish Habsburg, and she remained an influential figure during his reign.
Queen Mariana is also known as a benefactress for funding in the mid-1600s the Jesuit voyage of Blessed Father Diego Luis de San Vitores and Saint Pedro Calungsod to Guam, in order to Catholicize the indigenous Chamoru people of her namesake Mariana Islands.