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MANSO, Alonso (man'-so), Spanish R. C. bishop, born in the province of Rioja about 1470: died in Saint John's, Porto Rico, in 1540. He was canon of Salamanca and chaplain of the prince Don Juan, and on 8 May, 1512, the king appointed him to the first bishopric of the New World, Porto Rico. He was consecrated on 26 September, 1512, in Seville, and at the beginning of 1513 went to Caparra, then the capital of the island, to take possession of his bishopric, appointing canons and other officers of the cathedral and establishing tithes for its maintenance. The colonists resisted the payment of the tithes, and the bishop being obliged to return to Spain, resolved to retire to his canoncy of Salamanca; but, at the king's request, he returned to Porto Rico with the additional character of inquisitor of the Indies and abandoned the exaction of the tithes. He held these places during twenty-seven years, being the first, who occupied them in America. He founded the hospital of San Iide-fonso, which before being used in that capacity was dedicated to the teaching of children. His body was buried in the cathedral of Saint John's, but his mausoleum was destroyed afterward by the Dutch under Bodnyn Hendricks.
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