JUAN DIAZ DE SOLIS
in Lebrija, Spain in 1471, Juan Diaz de Solis was born.
Becoming a Spanish navigator, Solis eventually died
in 1516 in South America but not before leaving his mark on
starters, Solis sailed from Cadiz in 1506 with Vicente
Yafiez Pinzon, being in command of a carvel and taking the
same course that Christopher Columbus took from the Island
of Guanajoz when trying to find new countries.
Coming into the Gulf of Mexico, Solis discovered the
Yucatan coast, along with the bay of Campeachy, known at
that time as the Gulf of the Nativity.
From that vantage point, he and his crew were able to
enjoy the Curia mountain range.
following year, Solis returned to Spain where the king
appointed him, along with Collado and Amerigo Vespucci,
council pilots that would reside over the king.
At that time, it was decided that the exploration of
the Atlantic Coast of South America would continue.
Shortly after, Solis was appointed as commander.
Leaving in 1508 from Sevlle with two carvefs, one of
the ships was commanded by Yanez Pinzon.
Heading out from Cape Verde islands, the vessels made
it to Cape St. Augustine and then headed south.
on, they recognized the coastline and stopped at a number of
points taking possession of the land in the name of
Spainís king. As a part of this ritual, crosses were erected along their
journey for each land claimed.
Solis began fighting with Pinzon, making the decision
to return to Spain. For
some reason, the king deemed Solis guilty, ordering him to
spend time in prison. However,
he was found innocent, which resulted in him receiving
34,000 maravedis indemnity along with a number of
addition, when Vespucci died, Solis was granted the title of
Chief Pilot over the entire kingdom.
1515, Solis started another expedition, this time taking
possession of South America.
In October of that same year, he also sailed from
Lepe in Spain with two ships, discovering several points on
the coast as he entered Rio de Janeiro.
From there, Solis sailed south where he discovered
yet another island, which he named La Plata.
Heading south yet again, he came upon land in a bay,
which he named Bahia de los Perdios.
On his way, he sailed past Cape Corrientes, stopping
to visit the island of San Sebastian, which Solis chose to
call Lobos. Then
as he came into Nuestra SerSora de la Candelariaís port,
he took possession again of the country in the name of
after, Solis anchored in a wide river that he thought was an
ocean arm. Because
of that, he called it Sweet Sea but when he discovered it
was not a part of the ocean but an actual river, he changed
its name to Solis. Today,
that same river is known as River Plate.
As one of Solisí ships came into the river, he
spotted Indians standing on the shoreline.
There, he landed with a few of his sailors,
interested in capturing several of the aboriginals to bring
back to Spain as a gift for the king.
However, he failed.
Being ambushed, he and boat sailors were killed where
the members of his crew onboard the ship could see them
being roasted and eaten.