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PEREIRA, Antonio (pay-ri'-e-rah), Brazilian missionary, born in Maranhao in 1641 ; died in Parana, 28 September, 1702. He entered the Jesuit order in his youth, and became well known as a preacher and theologian. Desiring to undertake missionary works, he studied the language of the Indians, and wrote a grammar and a " Vocabulary of the Brazilian Language," which are yet of great value. He then endeavored to convert the tribes of the province of Parana, where he labored for many years with success, but died by the poisoned arrow of a savage.
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