"Alfonso Zapater, in Historia de la Jota Aragonesa, points out that Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) named about seventeen Spanish dances in his book El ingenioso Don Quijote de la Mancha Part I, published in 1605, and Part II in 1615. The Jota did not feature among them. In his guitar manual of 1674, Gaspar Sanz, renowned Aragonese guitarist from Calanda, also makes no mention of the Jota.
Demetrio Bargan Bergua states that Higinio Anglés and José Subirá found a manuscript with notation of a Jota dated 1705.
Josep Crivillé i Bargalló draws attention to manuscript no. 1453 in the Biblioteca de Cataluña from the middle of the 18th century, where there is a tune in ¾ time called "La Jota". He notes that it is in fact an amalgamation of 3/4 and 6/8 time, which he says is typical of Contrapás and Sardana. In the manuscript there is a Fandango notated as well, and Crivillé mentions the possible link between the two. Crivillé points out that the Jota is also not mentioned in the publication of Crotalo y Mori Collección de Entremeses, Loas, Bailes, Jácaras y Mojigangas desde Fine del Siglo XVI a Mediados del XVIII. Crivillé notes that the first time the Jota appears as a dance is in 1761 in the "Sainete" (one-act farce or comedy) "La Junta de los Payos" by Ramon de la Cruz."