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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
 

First Printing Press in Central America

Primera Imprenta en Centro América

 
 
First Printing Press in Central America Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 6, 2010
1. First Printing Press in Central America Marker
This marker (and several others like it in and around Antigua) were put up as part of the 400th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of Antigua in 1543.
Inscription.
Esta es la casa donde se establecio la primera imprenta que hubo en Centro America año de 1660. El Reyno de Coathemala fue la tercer colonia Hispano Americana que tuvo imprenta.

English translation:
This is the house where the first printing press was established in Central America in 1660. The Kingdom of Coathemala was the third Spanish colony in the Americas to have a printing press.
 
Erected 1943.
 
Location. 14° 33.447′ N, 90° 44.021′ W. Marker is in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez. Marker is on 4ta Calle Poniente, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is on 4ta Calle Poniente, between 5ta and 4ta Avenidas, on the north side of the Central Park. Marker is in this post office area: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 03001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Antigua Guatemala UNESCO World Heritage Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fountain of Antigua's Central Park (within shouting distance of this marker); California Avocado Society Thanks Guatemala (within shouting distance of this marker); Francisco Marroquín (about 90 meters away, measured
Central Park of Antigua with Municipality (two-story building at center right). image. Click for full size.
By Eadweard Muybridge, circa 1875
2. Central Park of Antigua with Municipality (two-story building at center right).
This photograph from 1875 shows the area around the Municipality close to how it must have appeared in 1660 during the installation of the printing press.
in a direct line); Sculptor Quirio Cataño (about 90 meters away); Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala (about 90 meters away); Palace of the Captaincy General (about 120 meters away); Signers of the Act of December 25, 1919 (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Antigua Guatemala.
 
Regarding First Printing Press in Central America. Payo Enríquez de Rivera, as the new Archbishop of Guatemala in Santiago de los Caballeros (what is now Antigua, Guatemala) arrived in January 1659. As a man interested in improvements and development, and probably also as a way to publish his own works, he sponsored bringing the first printing press to Guatemala in 1660. An experienced Spanish printer, José Pineda Ibarra, accompanied the press from Puebla, Mexico. Pineda Ibarra operated his press and bookstore for almost twenty years from 1660 to 1679. His son Antonio Pineda continued to operate the press and business from 1681 until 1721.
 
Additional keywords. Guatemala
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraCommunications
 
Wide view of area with markers related to the first printing press in Central America. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 2, 2013
3. Wide view of area with markers related to the first printing press in Central America.
Additional marker celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the printing press in Guatemala. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 6, 2010
4. Additional marker celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the printing press in Guatemala.
Jose de Pineda Ybarra, 1660-1679, Antonio de Pineda Ybarra, 1680-1721. Homenaje del muy noble y leal Ayuntamiento de Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala en el III Centenario de la imprenta, 1960. (Translation: Jose de Pineda Ybarra, 1660-1679, Antonio de Pineda Ybarra, 1680-1721. Homage from the very noble and loyal Municipality of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala in the 300th Anniversary of the printing press, 1960.)
Additional marker on the 300th Anniversary of the death of Jose de Pineda Ibarra. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 6, 2010
5. Additional marker on the 300th Anniversary of the death of Jose de Pineda Ibarra.
Ministerio de Educacion. A la memoria de Jose de Pineda Ibarra, primer impresor del Reino de Guatemala. En el tricentenario de su muerte, 1680-2 de octubre-1980, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Centro America. (Translation: Ministry of Education. To the memory of Jose de Pineda Ibarra, first printer in Guatemala on the 300th anniversary of his death, 1680-October 2-1980, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Central America.)
Additional marker of the Municipality of Antigua. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 6, 2010
6. Additional marker of the Municipality of Antigua.
Palacio del Muy Noble Ayuntamiento de Santgo de Goathemala. Se erigio en el año de gracia de 1743. Manteniendose airoso al traves de los siglos desafiando las iras de las conmociones terrestres. (Translation: Palace of the Very Noble Municipality of Santiago de Goathemala, built in the year of grace, 1743, grandly mantaining itself through the centuries in spite of the ire of earthly commotion.) This marker shows the traditional location of the first printing press within the Municipality of Antigua.
Municipality of Antigua, 1875 image. Click for full size.
By Eadweard Muybridge, circa 1875
7. Municipality of Antigua, 1875
The first printing press operated from this building, the Municipality of Antigua.
Municipality of Antigua, 2013 image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 2, 2013
8. Municipality of Antigua, 2013
An additional nearby printing-related marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 27, 2015
9. An additional nearby printing-related marker
At 27-29 6a Avenida Norte this marker reads: Antonio de Velasco · 1715-1726 · Homenaje del Instituto de Antropologia e Historia en el III centenario de la imprenta: 1960. (English: Antonio de Velasco · 1715-1726 · Tribute from the Anthropology and History Institute on the 300th Anniversary of the printing press: 1960.)
 
 
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