Introduction

 

Timucua is an extinct isolate, once spoken primarily in Florida. Its relationship to other language families has not been clearly demonstrated.

Our knowledge of Timucua comes almost entirely from 17th century Spanish colonial documents.

The most important of these fall into two categories: a.) a Latinate grammar (Pareja 1614) (hereafter the Arte), giving a treatment of some aspects of Timucua grammar and b.) several long volumes of parallel Spanish-Timucua religious materials, including a confessional , three catechisms, and a doctrina (explication of Christian doctrine).

Primary sources

Here is a list of  the primary materials on Timucua, with links to electronic versions where available.

Various sources on Timucua have attempted to get the most correct list of the various materials and their dates, but there are some discrepancies in the items listed by Granberry (1993) and Milanich and Sturtevant (1972).  Having looked at microfilm or other versions of all of these, this is my best current understanding of what the materials are and where the originals are located.

    1. Movilla, Gregorio de. 1635a.Explicacion de la Doctrina que compuso el cardenal Belarmino, por mandado del Señor Papa Clemente 8. Traducida en Lengua Floridana: por el Padre Fr. Gregorio de Movilla. Mexico: Imprenta de Iuan Ruyz. (NY Historical Society)
    2. Movilla, Gregorio de. 1635b. Forma breve de administrar los sacramentos a los indios y españoles que viven entre ellos. Mexico: Imprenta de Iuan Ruyz. (NY Historical Society)
    3. Pareja, Francisco. 1612a. Cathecismo en lengua castellana, y Timuquana. En el qual se contiene lo que se les puede enseñar a los adultos que an de ser baptizados. Mexico City: Impresa de la Viuda de Pedro Balli. (NY Historical Society)
    4. Pareja, Francisco. 1612b. Catechismo y breve exposición de la doctrina christiana. Mexico City: Casa de la viuda de Pedro Balli. (NY Historical Society)
    5. Pareja, Francisco. 1613. Confessionario en lengua castellana y timuquana con unos consejos para animar al penitente. Mexico City: Emprenta de la viuda de Diego Lopez Daualos.
(One copy is at the NY Historical Society.  Another copy is at the John Carter Brown library.  The link below is to the JCB version.  Unfortunately, the scan of the JCB item is less than perfect, since the parts of the page nearest the binding cannot be read very well.  This issue is noticeable for many pages from about f20 on.  I presume the condition/fragility of the book did not allow a better digitalization. )

https://archive.org/details/confessionarioen00pare

    1. Pareja, Francisco. 1614. Arte y Pronunciacion de la Lengua Timucvana y Castellana.. Mexico City: Emprenta de Ioan Ruyz. (NY Public Library rare book room)
    2. Pareja, Francisco. 1627a.Catecismo en lengua timuquana y castellana en el qual se instruyen y cathequizan los adultos infieles que an de ser Christianos. Mexico City: Emprenta de Ioan Ruyz
(Library of Congress.  This book is in two parts.  The first part is new, and the second part is a reprint of Pareja 1612a.  The version that is available on Google Books has a stamp from the Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele in Rome.)
  1. Pareja, Francisco.  1627b.  Cathecismo y Examen para los que comulgan. En lengua castellana y Timuquana.  Mexico City: Imprenta de Iuan Ruyz. (In the British Museum.)

 

Links to 1627a at the following places.


https://books.google.com/books?id=MMw_q3P3sNIC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=ykx-MMdohTAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)