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VASCONCELLOS, Simon, Portuguese historian. born in Coimbra in 1599; died in the province of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1670. He early became a Jesuit, was attached for about forty years to the Brazilian missions, founded several convents in the country, and became assistant visitor of the order. He wrote three valuable works, " Cronica de la Compafuo de Jesu en el Brazil" (Lisbon, 1663); " Vida de Joao Almeydo" (1665); and "Vida de Jose Anchieta" (1666); and left several interesting manuscripts, which are preserved in the Brazilian state archives.
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