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DIAZ, Pedro, Spanish missionary, born in Toledo, Spain, in 1546 : died in Mexico, 12 January 1618. He became a Jesuit in 1566; in 1572 went to Mexico to preach the Gospel, and in 1592 became provincial of his order. His most noted work is "Littera de Missionibus per Indiam Occidentalem ab Jesuitis." He was rector of the Jesuit Colleges of Mexico and Guadalajara, went to Rome twice, in 1577 and 1595, and founded new Colleges at Puebla, Oaxaca, Michoacan, Guadalajara, and Antequera. He also began the missionary work among the Indians of northern New. Spain, now a part of the United States.
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