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Encyclopedia > Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira

Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira or Neyra (1541-November 1595) was a Spanish navigator. Born in Zaragoza, he was the nephew of an appointee to the Viceroyalty of Peru. In 1567, he and Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa sailed from Callao, in Peru, on an expedition to the South Pacific in search of the legendary Terra Australis. His voyage discovered Wake Island and the Marquesas Islands; he gave the Solomon Islands their name in 1568 and died on these islands. For the WWW browsers of the same name, see Netscape Navigator and Mozilla. ... For alternative meanings, see Zaragoza (disambiguation). ... Created in 1542, the Viceroyalty of Peru (in Spanish, Virreinato del Perú) contained most of Spanish-ruled South America until the creation of the separate viceroyalties of New Granada (now Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá and Venezuela, the last-named previously in the Viceroyalty of New Spain) in 1717 and Río... Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1532 - 1602) was a Spanish explorer, author, historian, astronomer, scientist, and humanist. ... Terra Australis is the large continent on the bottom of the map Terra Australis (more completely Terra Australis Incognita, (the) unknown southern land) was an imaginary continent, appearing on European maps from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. ... National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ...



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