Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta

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Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta (1780–1840) was a Spanish Franciscan missionary and linguist notable for his work on native languages.

De la Cuesta was born in Cubo de Bureba, Burgos, Spain in 1780.[1] He arrived in the Spanish territory of Alta California in 1808 and worked at the Mission San Juan Bautista in California from 1808-1833.[2] He studied and wrote numerous works on the languages of the region including Costanoan, Mutsun, and Yokuts.[1]

In 1833, de la Cuesta handed the work of San Juan Bautista over to Zacatean Franciscans.[2] He then worked in a number of other Central California missions including San Luis Obispo, San Miguel, La Purísima and Santa Inés.[1] He died in Santa Inés on 20 September 1840.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Fountain, Catherine (2014). "Fray Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta's Work on California's Native Languages". Historiographia Linguistica. 40: 97–119.
  2. ^ a b "San Juan Bautista".