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URTIAGA, Pedro (oor-tee-ah'-gah), Mexican missionary, born in Queretaro about 1650 ; died in Porto Rico about 1720. He entered the Order of St. Francis, and set out for Central America with four other missionaries in 1694. He obtained good results among the wild Choles, Talamanca, and Tologalpa tribes, whose language he soon learned, and founded in the city of Guatemala the College of Propaganda Fide. In 1703 he went to Spain, and on his return in 1704 he was captured by a British cruiser and landed on the coast of Portugal. He returned on foot to the court of Madrid, and was appointed bishop of Porto Rico, in which city he died. Besides numerous religious works of merit, which have been reprinted many times in Mexico and Guatemala, he is author of "Diario del viage de los cinco misioneros Franciscanos desde Queretaro hasta Guatemala en 1694; y conquista espiritual de los Indios Choles, Talamancos y Tologalpos" (Mexico, 1702).
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