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have been one of the brass instruments, along with the trumpet, that were sent in response to Padre Sanvitores request.

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Since Padre Sanvitores requested this instrument after his arrival, it is possible that either he or his three assistants brought similar instruments with them.

The chirimias is a double reed instrument and has the nazal sound of the modern oboe.

The following quote from Mesoweb.com indicates that in 1523, Hernan Cortez used the chirimias and sackbut to entertain Canek, the King of Petan-itsa. “ … they came in canoes to the camp of Cortes, where [the Canek] was celebrated with musical accompaniment of chirimas y sacabuches.”

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