Diego de Pantoja

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Diego de Pantoja or Diego Pantoja (Chinese: 龐迪我, Pang Diwo; April 1571, Valdemoro, Spain – January 1618, Portuguese Macau, China) was a Spanish Jesuit and missionary to China who is best known for having accompanied Matteo Ricci in Beijing. His name also appears in some sources as Didaco Pantoia.[1]

He arrived in Portuguese Macau on 20 July 1597, where he received his final instructions for his work in China at São Paulo Jesuit University.[2] He was then sent to the Ming dynasty's southern capital, Nanjing, where he stayed from March 1600. He worked together with Matteo Ricci. Together, they left Nanjing on 19 May 1600 and arrived at the Ming dynasty's Northern and overall capital, Beijing, on 24 January 1601.

He worked in Beijing for many years, among others, as a musician, astronomer (with calendar corrections) and geographer (working with latitude).

On 18 March 1617 he was tried as an enemy of the Chinese astronomers and was expelled from China, along with his colleague Sabatino de Ursis, and settled down in Macao, where he stayed for the short time before his death.

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  1. ^ Gallagher (trans.) (1953), p. 355.
  2. ^ Huang Qichen: "The First University in Macau: The Colégio de São Paulo", in John W. Witek (ed.): Religion and Culture: An International Symposium Commemorating The Fourth Centenary of the University College of St. Paul - Macau, 28 November to 1 December 1994, Macau: Instituto Cultural de Macau, 1999, s. 257-260

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