Fray Francisco Maldonado

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Fray Francisco Maldonado (1571-c.1640) was a Guatemalan Franciscan linguist and historian. Little is known of him, but he was a prolific writer and joined the Franciscan order in 1605.[1] His ranch seems to have been a notable gathering place for scholars of the times in Mayan linguistics which people would stop off at.[2][3] The Ramillete manual para los indios sobre la doctrina cristiana is a copy of an original manuscript written by Maldonado, containing important information about the customs of the Quiché peoples at the time of the Spanish invasion.[1] In 1616, Maldonado dedicated his Cakchiquel Explicado Fidei to Varea and also authored Santoral in 1622.[4]


  1. ^ a b Carmack, Robert M. (1973). Quichean Civilization: The Ethnohistoric, Ethnographic, and Archaeological Sources. University of California Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-520-01963-8. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Wichmann, Søren (2004). The linguistics of Maya writing. University of Utah Press. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-87480-769-1. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Restall, Matthew (1998). Maya conquistador. Beacon Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8070-5506-9. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Academy of American Franciscan History; Council for Pan American Democracy; Project Muse (1953). The Americas. Academy of American Franciscan History. p. 80 and 63. Retrieved 16 July 2012.