Benavente (Motolinia), Toribio de

Active 1524-1569

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Toribio de Benavente (Motolinia) Benavente 1482/ca Mexico 1569 p1268

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
vihuela Cleric Ecclesiastical Church Author - chronicler, historian

Years active Place active Century Region
1524-1569 Mexico 16cent America
Biographical information

Better known by his nickname Motolinia, Toribio de Benavente was a Franciscan missionary who went to the Americas in 1524 and became one of the most important chroniclers of early colonisation in Mexico. He described in his Memoriales the musical activity of the natives and their proficiency in builiding copies of the instruments brought by the Spaniards.

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zavadivker1999 Zavadivker, Ricardo Augusto. “Cronistas de Indias”. Diccionario de la música española e hispanoamericana. Madrid: Sociedad General de Autores de España, 1999-2002. Vol. 4, 188.
motolinia1903 Benavente (Motolinia), Toribio de. Memoriales de Fray Toribio de Motolinia: Manuscrito de la colección del señor Don Joaquín García ... Mexico: En casa del editor, 1903.