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Pietro Martire D' (called In English Peter Martyr) Anglera
ANGLERA, Pietro Martire d' (called in English PETER MARTYR), Italian historian, born in Arona, on Lake Maggiore, in 455; died in the city of Granada, Spain, in 1526. After completing his education at Rome he served in the Milanese army, then accompanied the Spanish ambassador to Spain, and fought in the wars against the Moors, afterward entered the Church, and opened a school. In 1501 King Ferdinand as his ambassador sent him to Egypt, and in 1505 he became prior of the Church at Granada. His "Opus Epistolarum" recounts all the important events that occurred between 1488 and 1525. He wrote also a history of the New World, entitled "De Rebus Oceanicis et Orbe Nove," based upon original documents supplied by Christopher Columbus, and on the transactions of the council of the Indies, of which he was a member. His other works are an account of newly discovered islands and their inhabitants, and a narrative of his visit to Egypt and of explorations of the pyramids. See "Petrus Martyr," by H. A. Schumacher (New York, 1879).
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