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Josefina Montoya
Full name Maria Josefina[1] Montoya
Gender Female
Born March 19, 1815
Series location Outside Santa Fe, New Mexico
Series timeline Late Summer 1824 to Late Winter 1826
First appearance Meet Josefina
Father Andres Montoya
Mother Maria Montoya
Aunt Dolores Romero
Sibling(s) Ana Montoya

Francisca Montoya
Clara Montoya

Grandparents Felipe Romero
Maria Herrera
Friends and Minor Characters


Antonio Montoya
Juan Montoya

Josefina Montoya was the sixth of the Historical Characters of the American Girl Dolls, representing the history of New Mexico under Mexican Rule (prior to ownership by the United States after the Mexican-American War). Josefina was introduced to the American Girls Collection in September 1997 and is part of the BeForever collection.

Personality and Facts

Josefina Montoya (full name María Josefina Montoya) is a Mexican girl living on a rancho (ranch) near Santa Fe during the time when the area was under Mexican Rule, only a few years after Mexican independence.

Josefina lives with her father and three older sisters. Her mother died a year before the start of the series, when Josefina was eight. She feels lost and unsure without her Mama, and, along with her family, misses her terribly. Josefina is a patient girl who is very thoughtful, and many scenes show her thinking about and observing nature, life, the people around her, and her surroundings. Josefina has a hobby of collecting things that remind her of her mother to put in her memory box. She does not think of herself as very brave; she is scared of snakes, lightning, and guns to name some things. She is very shy around people she does not know well, but very playful with her sisters and even attempts to keep peace between Francisca and Clara by interrupting their fights, usually by joking. Josefina is often full of good humor, and she likes to joke and tease. She greatly dislikes goats, especially Florecita. Like her father, she is quiet except when with family, but full of ideas. She is especially touched by music; the first time she hears Tía Dolores play the piano, she thinks the music is exceptionally beautiful and this motivates her to learn to play. Josefina, along with her sisters, love chocolate. She enjoys caring for flowers, like she did with Mamá. Josefina is interested in foreigners and distant places, and begins to become well-acquainted with an American in Josefina Saves the Day. Josefina hopes to become a curandera, a healer, like her godmother Tía Magdalena. Starting from Happy Birthday, Josefina!, Tía Magdalena teaches Josefina how to become one.

Josefina is always trying to see the positive side of things, and is very idealistic, as her sisters often point out. Being the youngest in the family, Josefina often wants to prove how competent she is. She is very careful of her approach with others, and tries to remember her manners. Josefina can be quite stubborn when she sets her heart on things, and she never gives up. Josefina is full of energy and can be quite restless.

Josefina is gentle, sweet, helpful, loyal, sensitive, and a good listener. She wants to use her heart to heal others and believes "kindness is the best medicine". She's never too shy to help others, despite her quiet and shy appearance.

She is also described as artistic.

Josefina's family speaks fluent Spanish; while the books are written in English (with the exception of the Spanish books), Spanish words are integrated into the stories and defined in the back of each book.

American Girl characterizes her as "caring" and "hopeful." American Girl also characterizes her as "faithful".

Family and Friends


Friends and other Minor Characters


See List of Josefina's Books



The Josefina doll.

Main article: Josefina Montoya (doll)
  • Face Mold: Josefina Mold - Josefina was the first doll with this face mold.
  • Skin: Medium
  • Hair: Dark brown, straight, center part, no bangs
  • Eyes: Dark brown
  • Other: Non-removable gold loop earrings


See: Josefina's Collection


  • Like Kaya and Felicity, Josefina's books are set in a time and place that is not part of America yet; at the time of her books Mexico is still owner of New Mexico. A majority of the southwest became part of America after the Mexican American War in 1848.
  • Josefina is the first and currently the only Latina Historical character.

See also


  1. Pronounced "ho-SEH-fee-nah"
Historical Characters



Felicity Merriman *


Caroline Abbott


Josefina Montoya


Cécile Rey *
and Marie-Grace Gardner *


Kirsten Larson *


Addy Walker


Samantha Parkington


Rebecca Rubin


Kit Kittredge


Molly McIntire *


Maryellen Larkin **


Julie Albright

* Archived / ** Exclusive to BeForever

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