The “El Perico” Collection

We have 57 issues of “El Perico” on this site. Most are in the original Spanish. One is available with an English translation.

Available Issues of Dr. Martinez’ publication “El Perico”
Date Language Format
Nov 7, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Nov 14, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Nov 21, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Nov 28, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 12, 1885

see “synopsis” below

Spanish Pdf (click to view)
English Online images with pop-up English Translations
     (see instructions below)
Dec 19, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 26, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 2, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 9, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 16, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 23, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 30, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 6, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 13, 1886 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dr. Martinez was in Exile in Peru – 2/86 to 1/89
Jan 5, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 12, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 19, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 26, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 30, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 2, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 9, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 13, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 16, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 20, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 23, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 27, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
May 1, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 5, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 8, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 12, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 15, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 19, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 22, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 26, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jun 29, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jul 3, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jul 7, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jul 13, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jul 17, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jul 22, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jul 27, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Aug 3, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Aug 7, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Sep 4, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Sep 11, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Oct 2, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Oct 16, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 7, 1889 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Feb 22, 1890 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Aug 9, 1890 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 3, 1903 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 12, 1903 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 19, 1903 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Dec 26, 1903 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 2, 1904 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 9, 1904 Spanish Pdf (click to view)
Jan 16, 1904 Spanish Pdf (click to view)

It is clear from the content of this issue that it is intended to argue against certain unnamed “Contemporary Celebrities” who were attempting to return Ecuador to a Theocratic system of government unlike any other in the world – a return to the  “Catholic Republic” that had been imposed under President Garcia Moreno who had been assassinated a decade earlier in 1875. In this issue, Dr. Martinez constructs the fictitious metaphorical individual “Celestina” who represents the ideologies of the theocratic faction in Ecuador. He then proceeds to demolish the fallacious, pernicious arguments of “Celestina” – but no real-life individual is mentioned in the entire process. His prose is somewhat satirical -without descending to ridicule of any identifiable individual- and his language shows the hallmarks of the times when there were no televisions or movie theaters and allegorical, long-winded, elaborate word-descriptions were entirely acceptable; almost a form of entertainment.

From the context it is clear that some of the “Contemporary Celebrities” in Ecuador were attempting to falsely translate or interpret Biblical verses regarding the concept of a kingdom of God on Earth.  Dr. Martinez argues again and again that the clear text of the Bible shows that Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world”.
It must be born in mind that even in the times of Dr. Martinez, the whole concept of allowing Catholics to read the Bible in Spanish (or English) was an entirely new concept. For centuries the Catholic Church had opposed this idea and it was only in the centuries after the pressure from the Protestant Reformation that the Church finally gave way on the issue of translating the Bible. So it wasn’t easy for contemporary Ecuadorians to verify what the Bible really said.
In this issue of “El Perico”, Dr. Martinez repeatedly quotes from the Bible in support of his arguments and condemns the false interpretations of the concept of the “Kingdom of God on Earth” which were being floated at that time in Ecuador to convert the Ecuadorian political system into a “Catholic Republic”.


NOTE: The English Translation above is a “clickable” image. To see the translation you click (with the mouse) on various regions of the image and a box will pop up with the translation. For each of the four pages there are several regions with translations so click on any area that you’d like to read. When you are finished reading each translation, be sure to close the pop-up window.

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