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Juan Gaetano


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Juan Gaetano was a Spanish sailor who some scholars claim was one of the first Europeans to find the Hawaiian Islands in 1555, two centuries prior to Captain James Cook. Most scholars have dismissed these claims as lacking credibility, however, questions remain as to whether explorers like Gaetano accidentally arrived in Hawaii before Cook on a mission commanded by Ruy López de Villalobos. Villalobos and a fleet of six ships left Acapulco in 1542 with Gaetano aboard as a pilot. Gaetano's reports seemed to describe Hawaii or the Marshall islands, depending on the interpretation.

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands (2005)

by Max Quanchi, John Robson

sailor, Juan Gaetano, was published by the Italian historian Giovanni Ramusio in a three-volume compilation of voyages Delle navigationi e viaggi in 1550—59. One of first maps of the early voyages in the north Pacific, dated 1575 by Juan ...

Google previewContemporary Immigration in America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2015)

by Kathleen R. Arnold

Juan Gaetano, captain of a Spanish galleon, comes across the islands while sailing from the Mexican Coast to the Spice Islands. Island astronomers predict a brilliant celestial star (likely, Halley's Comet), heralding the birth of Kamehameha ...

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