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Valencia, Martín de
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(1474? Valencia de Don Juan, León, Spain – Mar 31, 1534?, near Amecameca, Mexico), Spanish Franciscan and “founder of the Mexican church.” After a novitiate at the convent of Mayorga, he saw to the building of the monastery of Nuestra Señora de Berrogal, near Belvís; he was a co-founder of the custody of San Gabriel in Extremadura and its first provincial. He traveled to central Mexico in 1524 as leader of the “12 apostles of Mexico,” a group of Franciscans sent to Christianize th…

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Nebel, Richard, “Valencia, Martín de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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