Spelling Book for the Children of the Martínez de Taos Family


This Spanish-language schoolbook on the use and pronunciation of the letters of the alphabet and the rules of punctuation is the first book printed in New Mexico. In 1834, Mexican official Ramón Abréu brought a printing press from Mexico to Santa Fe, where Abréu and press operator Jesús María Baca produced the book under the direction of Father Antonio José Martínez (1793-1867). Martínez, a priest who founded schools in the Taos area and was an active supporter of Mexican independence, purchased the press the following year and moved it to Taos. Baca also moved to Taos to work the press, which Martínez used to print books for the schools he established, as well as to print religious and political tracts.

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Publication Information

Ramon Abreu, Santa Fe


Title in Original Language

Cuaderno de ortografia. Dedicado a los niños de los señores Martinez de Taos

Type of Item

Physical Description

22 pages ; 14 centimeters

Last updated: May 24, 2017