Bernardino de Sahagun

His Life and Achievements


Protrait of Sahagun


Bernardino de Sahagun was born in Sahagun, Leon, Spain around the late 15th century. He entered the Franciscan order in about 1520, then was sent to Mexico in 1529 to teach at the Imperial College of Santa Cruz de Tlaltelolco where he became a mentor to the natives by teaching Spanish, Latin, science, music and religion. In this, he became fluent in the Aztec (or Nahuatl) language. He devoted his work primarily to instruction and investigation, although he was able to fill administrative positions (Bernardino). His respect of the Indians and their religion is what he is known for. When Sahagun was around ninety years old, he died in Mexico on October 23, 1590.    

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