Álvaro DE MENDAñA

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SpanishBorn Álvaro DE MENDAñA Y NEIRA

Spanish navigator

Born on September 21, 1543 in Congosto, León, España

Died on October 18, 1595 in Isla De Santa Cruz, Islas Salomón

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He is best known for the two voyages of discovery he led into the Pacific in 1567 and 1595 in search of Terra Australis.



The two ships, the 200 ton Los Reyes (the Capitana or flagship) and the 140 ton Todos Santos (the Almiranta or secondary ship) sailed from Callao, in Peru on 20 November 1567, with about 150 sailors, soldiers, priests and slaves on board.

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After sighting a small island in mid January (probably Nui in what is now Tuvalu), a significant body of land was sighted on February, 7 1568. It was Santa Isabel Island, where they landed several days later. The expedition had discovered the Solomon Islands which they named Islas Salomon.



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