d. 1656, English traveler. He went (1612) to Spain to study and became a Dominican. He lived and traveled among the Native populations of Central America from 1625 to 1637, when he returned to Europe. Renouncing Roman Catholicism, he went to England in 1641 and became an Anglican clergyman. In 1654 he went as chaplain with an expedition to the West Indies and died in Jamaica. His chief work is English-American: His Travail by Sea and Land; or, A New Survey of the West Indies
(1648), an account of the wealth and defenseless condition of the Spanish possessions in America.
See his Travels in the New World (ed. by E. J. Thompson, 1985); study by N. Newton (1969).
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