Life in the Imperial and Loyal City of Mexico in New Spain, and the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico: As Described in the Dialogues for the Study of the Latin Language

Life in the Imperial and Loyal City of Mexico in New Spain, and the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico: As Described in the Dialogues for the Study of the Latin Language

Life in the Imperial and Loyal City of Mexico in New Spain, and the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico: As Described in the Dialogues for the Study of the Latin Language

Life in the Imperial and Loyal City of Mexico in New Spain, and the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico: As Described in the Dialogues for the Study of the Latin Language

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The establishment of the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico in New Spain in 153 marks the beginning of university life in North America, an event in the cultural history of the New World whose significance cannot be overestimated, one equaled only by the introduction of the printing press fourteen years before. The university continued in uninterrupted operation from the date of its formal opening until its reorganization in 1910, except for short suspensions in 1833 and 1867.

Mindful of the cultural ties that bind Texas to Mexico and the rest of Latin America, the University of Texas, with its rich and extensive collection of Latin American sources and Mexican incunabula and its Institute of Latin American Studies for the promotion of better understanding between the peoples of the Americas, was desirous of joining Mexico in the celebration of so significant an event. At the suggestion of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Latin American Studies, it was decided for this purpose to publish in facsimile, with a translation of the Latin text into English, the Dialogues of Francisco Cervantes de Salazar, first professor of rhetoric of the old university, originally printed by Juan Pablos, the first commercial printer of the New World.

The seven dialogues of Cervantes de Salazar, here presented for the first time in facsimile, are part of a larger work which includes . . .

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