New-York Historical Society, Five Timucua Language Imprints, 1612-1635

The five works in this collection are among the very few texts that provide information about the now-extinct language of the Timucua, a Native American people who once lived in a large area of northern Florida, southern Georgia, and southern Alabama. The first two works, printed in Mexico City in 1612 and bound together into one volume, are catechisms in Spanish and Timucua written by Francisco Pareja, a missionary in Spanish Florida. The third work is a Confessionario, also by Pareja, printed in Mexico City in 1613. The two other works are devotional texts compiled and tranlated into Timucua by Gregorio de Movilla, printed in Mexico City in 1635, and bound in one volume.

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