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VILLASENOR y SANCHEZ, Jose Antonio (veel-yah-sain'-yor), Mexican geographer, born in Mexico about 1700; died there about 1760. He studied in the College of San Ildefonso, and was employed successively as chief clerk of the comptroller of taxes and as comptroller of the quicksilver revenue. Later he was appointed cosmographer of New Spain, and as such commissioned in 1742, by the viceroy, Count de Fuenelara, to write a descriptive history and geography that had been ordered by King Philip V. He is the author of " Observacion del Cometa, que aparecio en el hemisferio de Mdxico en Febrero y Marzo" (Mexico, 1742) ; "Teatro Mexicano ; descripcion general de los Reinos y Provincias de la Nueva Espafia" (1746); "Matemgtico Computo de los Astros" (1756) ; and of a geographic map of the Jesuit province of New Spain, from Honduras to California, designed in 1751, and engraved and published in Rome (1754).
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