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Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

1488 - 1559

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Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾ ˈnuɲeθ kaˈβeθa ðe ˈβaka] (listen); c. 1488/90/92 – after 19 May 1559) was a Spanish explorer of the New World, and one of four survivors of the 1527 Narváez expedition. During eight years of traveling across what is now the US Southwest, he became a trader and faith healer to various Native American tribes before reconnecting with Spanish civilization in Mexico in 1536. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca has received more than 1,531,116 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca is the 82nd most popular explorer (down from 67th in 2019), the 277th most popular biography from Spain (down from 236th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Spanish Explorer.

Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish explorer who led the first European expedition into the interior of the North American continent.

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Among explorers, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ranks 82 out of 405Before him are Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, Ferdinand von Wrangel, Richard E. Byrd, Benjamin of Tudela, Ármin Vámbéry, and Stepan Makarov. After him are Bjarni Herjólfsson, Yaqut al-Hamawi, Jeanne Baret, Charles Marie de La Condamine, Juan Díaz de Solís, and Sebastian Cabot.

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Among people born in 1488, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ranks 6Before him are Titian, Jungjong of Joseon, Ulrich von Hutten, Lütfi Pasha, and Germaine of Foix. After him are Ferdinand Columbus, Bartolommeo Bandinelli, Sebastian Münster, Joseph Karo, Charles II, Duke of Savoy, and Otto Brunfels. Among people deceased in 1559, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ranks 7Before him are Henry II of France, Pope Paul IV, Christian II of Denmark, Christian III of Denmark, Beyhan Sultan, and Isabella Jagiellon. After him are Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Fatma Sultan, Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Robert Estienne, and Michele Sanmicheli.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ranks 277 out of 2,932Before him are Vicente Aleixandre (1898), Rafael Nadal (1986), Raymond of Penyafort (1175), Abraham Abulafia (1240), Mariano Rajoy (1955), and La Belle Otero (1868). After him are Liuvigild (525), Sancho III of Castile (1134), Lluís Companys (1882), Andrés Iniesta (1984), Fernando Alonso (1981), and Muhammad I of Granada (1194).

Among EXPLORERS In Spain

Among explorers born in Spain, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ranks 15Before him are Hernando de Soto (1500), Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465), Alonso de Ojeda (1466), Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (1460), Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira (1542), and Benjamin of Tudela (1130). After him are Juan Díaz de Solís (1470), Gonzalo Pizarro (1510), Pánfilo de Narváez (1478), Martín Alonso Pinzón (1441), Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492), and Juan de la Cosa (1460).