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Fray Francisco Be Alvarado

Native of Mexico, Dominican, vicar of Tamazulapa

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Alvarado, FRAY FRANCISCO DE, a native of Mexico, where he entered the Dominican order July 25, 1574. He was vicar of Tamazulapa in 1593. Nothing more is known of him as yet, except that he wrote and published at Mexico, in 1593, a “Vocabulario en Lengua Misteca”, one of the languages of the present state of Oaxaca. In the same year Fray Antonio de los Reyes, another Dominican, also published a grammar of that language, and at the same place. It is therefore impossible to determine to which of these works is due the honor of having been the first in and on the Mistecan idiom.


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