Juan Diaz de Solis

Spanish Navigator & Explorer

Born: 1470

Died: 1516

In 1500 and 1508, Diaz de Solis joined Vincente Pinzón on two voyages exploring along the coast of South America. He was appointed as chief pilot in 1512 and three years later was commissioned to lead an expedition to an area south of the Isthmus of Panama. He reached the estuary of Rio de la Plata in 1516 and sailed up the Uruguay River. He and all but one of his landing party were killed and eaten by natives.

The survivor, Francisco del Puerto, gave valuable information about the area to Sebastian Cabot, who explored the area in 1526.

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