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Bernardo Buil

Spanish diplomat and religious

1440   -   1500

country of citizenship: Crown of Aragon
language of expression: Spanish, Catalan
occupation: diplomat, llullist, religious
position held: vicar apostolic

Bernardo Boyl (also spelled Boil, Boyl or Boyal) was an Aragonese monk or friar, known as Fray Buil, who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage across the Atlantic. On January 6, 1494 Buil conducted the first mass held in the New World, in a temporary church on La Isabela. There is unclear evidence about his affiliation to a religious order. He left the Indies after disagreements with Columbus, and his mission work came to little.
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