Fuents y Guzmn: History of Guatemala

Scope and Content

The first part of the History of Guatemala written in 1690 by Francisco Antonio de Fuents y Guzmn and dedicated to Charles II of Spain, 526 folios. The work is divided into a dedication (fo. iv), a preface (fo. 1v), sixteen books of text (fo.7) and a summary of contents (fo. 518). On fo. 487v is a rough plan of the town of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico, with rough drawings of buildings. On a fly-leaf is the name 'J. M. Bolio M. 1916', and on fo. i is the following note: 'The concluding two parts of this History of Guatemala I could not discover by 'the most diligent search' in Spain, Mr Waldeck may perhaps be more successful in Guatemala, Juarros refers to a very interesting chapter of Fuentes relating to the Jewish origin of the Tulticas who colonised Guatemala which nowhere occurs in the present Volume K'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francisco Antonio de Fuents y Guzmn (1643-1700), historian and poet, was born in Santiago, Guatemala.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by F.A. Kirkpatrick, 1929.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The history was printed in three volumes in Guatemala, 1932-1933.