This collection includes items related to the translation of the "Memorial of Father Alfonso de Benavides." The original version
of the Memorial was written in 1630.
Alonso de Benavides (Alonzo Benavidez) (c.1578-1635) was a Portuguese Franciscan missionary active in New Mexico, in the early
part of the seventeenth century. His use of the term Navaho is said to be the first printed reference. He was born on Sao
Miguel Island, Azores. He came to New Spain in 1598, and professed in the Franciscan convent of Mexico in 1603. After acting
as master of novices at the convent of Puebla, he became Custos of the Missions of New Mexico, 1626-9. He founded a mission
in 1627 at what is now Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.
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