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Centro Histórico in Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Valley of Mexico (The Central Highlands)
 

Friar Pedro de Gante

 
 
Friar Pedro de Gante Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
1. Friar Pedro de Gante Marker
Inscription.  

Fray Pedro de Gante
(1480-1572)
Primero de los grandes educadores de America, la plaza y el monumento fueron inaugurados el 16 de enero de 1976, construyo el D.D.F.

Donado por la Provincia de Flandes Oriental a la Ciudad de Mexico, en testimonio de la amistad de Belgica hacia Mexico.

English translation:
Friar Pedro de Gante
(1480-1572)
First of the great educators in the Americas, this plaza and monument were inaugurated on January 16, 1976, constructed by the D.D.F.

Donated by the Province of Eastern Flanders to Mexico City, as a tribute to the friendship of Belgium towards Mexico.
 
Erected 1976 by la Provincia de Flanders Oriental.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionColonial EraEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is January 16, 1976.
 
Location. 19° 25.981′ N, 99° 8.372′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de México. It is in Centro Histórico. Marker is on Gante just south of Avenida
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Francisco I. Madero, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de México 06000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holy Trinity Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Cine Olimpia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Expiatory Temple of San Felipe de Jesús (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Gante Building (about 90 meters away); The Residence of Agustín Iturbide (about 90 meters away); The House of the Count of San Mateo Valparaiso (about 90 meters away); Museum and Cultural Center “El Borceguí” (about 120 meters away); The Temple of San Francisco (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de México.
 
Regarding Friar Pedro de Gante. Fray Pieter van der Moere, also known as Fray Pedro de Gante or Pedro de Mura (c. 1480 – 1572) was a Franciscan missionary in 16th century Mexico. Born in Geraardsbergen in present-day Belgium, he was of Flemish descent. Since Flanders, like Spain, belonged to the Habsburg Empire and he was a relative of King Charles V (he was thought to be a bastard son of Emperor Maximilian I), he was allowed to travel to the colonies of New Spain as one of a group of Franciscan friars. Gante's group in fact arrived before the 12 Franciscans normally thought of as the first priests
Friar Pedro de Gante statue sculptor's mark image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
2. Friar Pedro de Gante statue sculptor's mark
The inscription reads "Desmedt Albert 1974"
in New Spain. In Mexico he spent his life as a missionary, indoctrinating the indigenous population in Christian catechism and dogma. He learned Náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs, and composed a Christian "doctrina". One of his most significant contributions to Mexico was the creation of the School of San José de los Naturales. This was the first school set up by Europeans in the Americas.

In 1988 he was beatified by Pope John Paul II. He was ranked 99th in a 2005 vote on the list of Greatest Belgians (De Grootste Belg).
Adapted from Wikipedia
 
Friar Pedro de Gante Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
3. Friar Pedro de Gante Marker
Friar Pedro de Gante image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
4. Friar Pedro de Gante
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Dec. 4, 2023