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CIUDAD REAL, Antonio, missionary, born in Ciudad Real, Spain, in 1551; died in Yucatan, Mexico, 5 July, 1617. He entered the Franciscan order at the convent of San Juan de los Reyes (Toledo), and accompanied Bishop Diego Landa to Yucatan in 1573. Afterward he was a missionary in Yucatan and became noted for his skill in the Indian dialects of that country, and later was appointed provincial of his order there. He published several vocabularies, one of which, "Vocabularium Calepi-num" (of the Maya language), still extant, is said to have cost him forty years' work (6 vols.). He also published "Sermones de Sanctis," in the Maya language, and " Tratado curioso de las grandezas de la Neuva Espana."
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