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MOLINA, Alonso de (mo-lee'-nah), Spanish missionary, born in Escalona about 1510; died in Mexico in 1584. He was taken by his parents to Santo Domingo, and went in 1523 to Mexico, where he learned in his childhood the Aztec language, and afterward served as interpreter to the first Franciscan friars. On reaching the proper age he entered their order and became a successful missionary, and afterward superior of the province of Santo Evangelio. He published several works which are among the first that were printed in the New World. A copy of the first edition of his " Diccionario de la lengua Castellana y Mexicana" (Mexico, 1555; revised ed., 1571) was sold at auction in Paris twenty years ago for $6,000. Among his other works are " Confessionario mayor y me-nor en lengua Mexicana" (Mexico, 1565), which brought at auction recently in London $1,250; "Arte de la lengua Mexicana " (1571); " Doctrina Cristiana en lengua Mexicana" (1578; Seville, 1584); and several religious works" in the Aztec language, including "Sermones," "Vida de S. Francisco," "Oraciones para los Indios," and "Tratado de los Sacramentos."
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