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Alvaro De Mendaña Deneira

Alvaro De Mendaña Deneira Biography

Explorer


ABOUT
Spanish navigator who led two voyages into the Pacific to seek out Terra Australis Incognita: the unknown land of the south.
BEFORE FAME
Tales of rich lands from the Incas inspired him to seek out the new lands in the Pacific.

FAMILY LIFE
His uncle Lope García de Castro was the viceroy of Peru.
ASSOCIATED WITH
Charles Gwynn was another well-known explorer. Gwynn charted the land of Australia once it was finally was found.
TRIVIA
He did not find the continent he was searching for, but he did chart several new islands whose natives offered body parts as gifts.

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