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Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon

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Short Biography of the life of Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon - Spanish Conquistador and Explorer
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon:

  • Nationality - Spanish
  • Lifespan - 1475 - 1526
  • Family - Spanish nobility

  • Education - Well educated befitting his status
  • Career - Spanish Conquistador and Explorer
  • Famous for : The first European colonizer of South Carolina and discoverer of Chesapeake Bay
  • Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon founded the colony of San Miguel de Guandape which has a notorious place in history as the first colony to use negro slaves in the United States

Facts, Timeline & History about the life of Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon - Spanish Conquistador and Explorer
The following are additional facts and a timeline about the life and history of Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon:

  • 1475: Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon was born in Castile in Spain
  • 1502: Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon heard the stories about the New World joined the expedition to the West Indies led by Nicolas de Ovando with Diego Velazquez. A fellow adventurer was Hernando Cortes
  • Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon did well in the New World and was appointed a member of the Superior Council in San Domingo
  • Due to his connection with Hernando Cortes it is quite possible that he accompanied him on his exploration of Mexico and the conquest of the Aztec Empire ( although this is not confirmed
  • 1521: He sent an expedition to Florida under Francisco Gordillo in a quest to find the Northwest passage. The expedition landed near Cape Fear in North Carolina in June 1521
  • 1524: Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon followed the Gordillo expedition and discovered Chesapeake Bay and the James River
  • 1524: Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon reports to King Charles V of his his discoveries resulted in De Ayllon being granted the land he had discovered
  • 1526: Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon leads a new expedition of 2 ships and 600 colonists and founded San Miguel de Guandape (near Jamestown)
  • The colony of San Miguel de Guandape has a notorious place in history as the first colony to use negro slaves in the United States
  • 1526: Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon died 18 October, 1526 of a fever
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