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Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas

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(1549–1625),

Spanish historian. He was born into a noble family in Cuéllar, near Segovia, and after a period in Italy was appointed royal historiographer of the Spanish empire in...

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Antonio de Mendoza

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(c. 1490–1552)

Spanish colonial administrator. He served as the first viceroy of New Spain (which centred on present-day Mexico City) from 1535 to 1550, and did much to improve...

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Antonio Pigafetta

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(fl.1491–c.1526),

Italian mariner, a native of Vicenza who in 1519, after an early career as a seaborne soldier in the Mediterranean, joined the expedition of Magellan in Seville....

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battle of Pavia

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(24 February 1525)

An engagement in the Habsburg–Valois wars, which involved the papacy and England supporting Charles V against Francis I. In October 1524 the French invaded Italy...

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Black Legend

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The belief that the cruelty of Spaniards towards the inhabitants of subject nations (especially American Indians) exceeded that of other Europeans. In the second half of the sixteenth...

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Christian I

Overview page. Subjects: World History — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1426–81)

King of Denmark and Norway (1448–81) and Sweden (1457–64), who founded the Oldenburg dynasty. Elected to power by the Danish Rigstad and confirming his status by marriage...

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Corte Real family

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A family of Portuguese explorers of the North Atlantic. João Corte Real sailed c.1472 to what may have been Newfoundland. His son Gaspar (c.1450–1501) sailed in 1500 to Greenland and ...

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Diogo Cão

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(fl. 1482–6),

Portuguese mariner who explored the coast of Africa as far south as what is now Cape Cross, on the coast of Namibia north of Walvis Bay. In 1483–4 ...

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doge

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — World History.

Formerly the chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa. The word is recorded from the mid 16th century, and comes via French from Venetian Italian doze, based on Latin dux, duc- ‘leader’.

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Domingo Martínez de Irala

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(c.1512–1557),

Spanish conquistador, born in the Basque province of Guipúzcoa. He travelled to Buenos Aires, where in 1537 he commanded an expedition to Paraguay commissioned by...

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