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DOBRIZHOFFER, Martin, missionary, born in Gratz, Styria, in 1717; died in Vienna in 1791. He went as a Missionary to South America in 1749, and during the next eighteen years was engaged in converting the Indians that dwelt on the west bank of Paraguay River and in the interior of Paraguay. After the expulsion of the Jesuits from the Spanish colonies he returned to Austria and became a favorite of Maria Theresa. He wrote a history of the Abipones in Latin (Vienna, 1784: German translation, Pesth, 1784; English translation, by Sara Coleridge, London, 1822).
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