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MIRANDA, Pedro de, clergyman, born in Spain about 1510; died in Santa F6 de Bogota, New Granada, in 1569. He was elected, in 1551, vicar-general of the Dominion of New Granada, sailed from Seville, accompanied by twenty monks, and arrived in St. Martha in 1552. After placing his missionaries where they were most needed, he passed over to Cartagena, whence he went to Bogota, with the intention of visiting all the missions in the colony. When his inspection was finished, he decided on forming great central convents, with training-schools for the Indian missions. He built the great convent of San Rosario in Bogota, which became the centre of the Dominican order in New Granada, and proceeded to erect convents in other parts of the province whenever a re-enforcement of monks arrived. He also founded houses for the instruction of missionaries. Under his administration the province of New Granada developed rapidly, and most of the Indians were converted to Christianity. At his death his order possessed fourteen regular convents and forty training-schools for the Indian missions.
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