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The Cuban Origins of St. Thomas University

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St. Thomas University is a private, Catholic educational institution found in Miami, Florida. The university boasts over thirty distinct undergraduate majors, a quintet of doctoral programs, more than twenty majors for graduates, plus a professional law program.

To learn more about the origins of St. Thomas University, you’ll need to travel about ninety miles or so from Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba. During the 1940s, the university was called Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva. This name was also given to a Spanish friar named Saint Thomas of Villanova, who was legally born Tomás García y Martínez. The friar earned his place in the history books as an illustrious preacher and spiritual writer.

During the 1960s, the Castro militia seized the school’s land and got rid of the priests and the staff, essentially requiring the Augustinians to find shelter and new beginnings in South Florida, where they would eventually open a Catholic college for called Biscayne College. It took several years before the school implemented its law and graduate degree programs and gave itself its current name of St. Thomas University.

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