I was very impressed to find out many of you knew about the original street name signs and also knew where they were located, or rather which original street names correspond to present day nomenclature.
Can you tell me what’s the present day street or avenue that before was called Calle del Obispo Marroquín?
Here’s the Wikipedia entry on Francisco Marroquín:
Francisco Marroquín (1499 – April 18, 1563) was an early bishop of Guatemala and translator of Central American languages.
Marroquín was born in Santander, Spain. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Huesca. After entering the priesthood, Marroquín became a professor at the University of Osma where he met Bishop García de Loaisa, an adviser to Emperor Charles V.
After first arriving in Mexico, he traveled to Guatemala with the soldier Pedro de Alvarado in May 1528. On April 11, 1530, he was appointed parish priest of Guatemala. On December 18, 1534, he was made bishop of Santiago and later provisional governor of Guatemala.
Marroquín founded the School of Saint Thomas in 1559 (now the University of San Carlos of Guatemala) as part of his efforts to educate the native people. He became a scholar of the K’iche’ language and published the first catechism in that language.
As always, follow the white rabbit if you want to learn a little more about Francisco Marroquín.
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