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García, Diego (c. 1471–c. 1535)

García, Diego (c. 1471–c. 1535)

Diego García (b. c. 1471; d. c. 1535), Portuguese navigator in Spanish service. After participating in Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe, García returned to Spain in 1522, organizing an expedition to the Río de la Plata in 1526. He explored Uruguay and established a shipyard near Colonia. During his expedition up the Paraná, he encountered and then joined forces with Sebastián Cabot in 1528. After returning to Spain in 1530, García and his caravel Concepción joined the expedition of Pedro de Mendoza, adelantado (royal provincial governor) of Río de la Plata, departing Spain in August 1535. While in the Canary Islands, García fell ill and died at Gomera.

See alsoExplorers and Exploration: Spanish America .


Ione S. Wright and Lisa M. Nekhom, Historical Dictionary of Argentina (1978), p. 341.

J. H. Parry, The Discovery of South America (1979), pp. 249-252.

Additional Bibliography

Bergreen, Laurence. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. New York: Morrow, 2003.

Thomas, Hugh. Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan. New York: Random House, 2003.

                                     Christel K. Converse

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