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KLEIN, Gustav Frederic (Mine), German missionary, born in Mannheim in 1708; died in Talca, Chili, in November, 1771. He became a Jesuit, and in 1'733 was sent to the missions of Uruguay. He was afterward rector of the College of Santiago, dean of the cathedral of Quito, and, after the expulsion of the order in 1767, settled in Talca, where he bought a large estate. Klein devoted most of his time to historical researches, and published "Descripcion general de la America Es-payola" (Buenos Ayres. 1737): "Resumen de la historia de Chile" (Santiago, 1744); "Geographia generalis, seu descriptio globi terrarumque" (1749); " Documentos ineditos para la historia de Pard " (3 vols., Quito, 1752); and " Memorias sobre las colonias de Espai'ia situadas en la costa occidental de America" (5 vols., 1754). He left also several manuscripts, which were forwarded to Rome after his death, and published in the "Bibliotheca nova Scriptorum Societatis Jesu," including "Cronica del reyno de Chile" (5 vols., Rome, 1789);" Me-morias dos estabelecimentos portuguezes na costa do Brazil " (6 vols., 1790); and "Additamentos a's ditas memorias, emque se referem algumas par-ticularedades acerca dos estabelecimentos portuguezes do Brazil " (6 vols, 1792).
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