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Unpublished Letter From Antonio De Montezinos

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A unique copy of Menasseh ben Israel's Esperança de Israel sits in the Lilly Library of Indiana University. At the back of the volume are several handwritten pages offering a transcription of a letter from Antonio de Montezinos to Elia Perera, in and/or of Venice. The text of the letter is in Italian. This chapter presents an analysis of the letter based on the assumption that regardless of whether Montezinos himself penned the Relación, this letter is definitely from his hand. The details provided in the letter of course touch on the question of whether Montezinos (1) actually spent time in Nueva Granada traveling in the manner described in the Relación; and (2) authored the Relación himself. The chapter first presents the letter itself, and then the author's translation, with the transcription following.

Keywords: Antonio de Montezinos; Elia Perera; Nueva Granada; Relación



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