Francisco de Orellana Bejarano Pizarro y Torres de Altamirano (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe oɾeˈʝana]; 1511 – November 1546) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. In one of the most improbably successful voyages in known history, Orellana managed to sail the length of the Amazon, arriving at the river's mouth on 24 August 1542. He and his party sailed along the Atlantic coast until reaching Cubagua Island, near the coast of Venezuela.
Francisco de Orellana
|Died||November 1546 (aged 34–35)|
|Employer||Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor|
|Known for||First known navigation through the length of the Amazon River|
|Spouse||Ana de Ayala|
Orellana founded the city of Guayaquil in what is now Ecuador, and died during a second expedition on the Amazon.
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