Biography of Fray Pedro Aguado (1538-1609)

Spanish Franciscan church, born in Baldomero (Spain). Although the date of his birth and his death is unknown, some biographers consider that his birth could take place at 1513 or 1538 and died around 1609. At the end of 1561, and priest, embarked for the new Kingdom of Granada, where he/she held positions as definitor of the order Franciscan, known at that time as the custody of San Juan Bautista; then devoted himself to preaching the doctrine in some towns Zipaquirá, and Pacho Bosa (Cundinarmarca), among others. On two occasions he/she was elected Guardian of the Franciscan convent of Bogotá, and was dedicated to evangelising activity between indigenous Cogua (first Indian conglomerate which converted to the Christian faith), making the construction of two churches for the celebration of religious services.

Thanks to good treatment and the example given by the Franciscan the indigenous achieved, moreover, the privilege that they lead processions.Aguado is considered to be one of the first and most important chroniclers of Indian and pioneer in the transmission of news until then unknown on the world colombo-venezolano on the stage of its Hispanic origins.He was the author of the famous adjudicative history collection of Santa Marta and new Kingdom of Granada and Venezuela and Venezuela history, works that suffered official censorship and had to wait more than three centuries for publication (1917 first, and 1918-1919 the second). Some of the topics that the author is dealing with the conquest and colonization of Tierra Firme, of the new Kingdom of Granada and Venezuela. All its pages reveals the existing antagonism between the Trustees and the doctrineros in the new world, due to the negligence of the first to comply with their obligations with respect to the Indians.


Morin, Guillermo, biography of Fray Pedro de Aguado, Madrid, Instituto Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, 1954.