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Photo provided by the University of Florida (UF) showing then Catholic priest Michael Gannon (2R), trying to mediate between police and students during a violent protest in Gainesville, Florida, United States on May 1972. EFE/UF

 Michael Gannon, a renowned historian and Hispanist who specialized in Florida history and the state"s Spanish colonial period, has died, the University of Florida said Wednesday. He was 89.