Fray Íñigo Abbad y Lasierra

Violeta Lorenzo (University of Arkansas)
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The Spanish historian Friar Iñigo Abbad y Lasierra has been credited with writing Puerto Rico’s first history book. A well-educated man, he wrote

Historia geográfica, civil y natural de la isla de San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico

[Geographic, Civil and Natural History of the Island of Saint John the Baptist of Puerto Rico] (1788) with a view to correcting mistakes made by previous writers and to propose solutions to a series of socioeconomic problems faced by the island.

Abbad y Lasierra was born in 1745 to a noble family in Estadilla, Spain. He had ten siblings, including an older brother named Manuel who was an honorary member of the Real Academia Española [Royal Spanish Academy] and held important positions within the Catholic Church. As a young man, Abbad y Lasierra studied

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Citation: Lorenzo, Violeta. "Fray Íñigo Abbad y Lasierra". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2017 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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