Francisco de Orellana

1511 - 1546

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Francisco de Orellana (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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francisco de Orellana has received more than 803,696 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Francisco de Orellana is the 38th most popular explorer (down from 32nd in 2019), the 124th most popular biography from Spain (down from 91st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Spanish Explorer.

Francisco de Orellana is most famous for being the first European to explore the Amazon River.

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Among explorers, Francisco de Orellana ranks 38 out of 498Before him are John Cabot, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Evliya Çelebi, Henry Morton Stanley, Ingólfr Arnarson, and Juan Ponce de León. After him are Thorfinn Karlsefni, William Baffin, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Richard E. Byrd, Frederick de Houtman, and Sven Hedin.

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Among people born in 1511, Francisco de Orellana ranks 2Before him is Giorgio Vasari. After him are Henry, Duke of Cornwall, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Ippolito de' Medici, Erasmus Reinhold, Juan Pizarro, Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Francisco López de Gómara, Nicola Vicentino, and Pierre Viret. Among people deceased in 1546, Francisco de Orellana ranks 4Before him are Martin Luther, Hayreddin Barbarossa, and Meera. After him are Giulio Romano, Francisco de Vitoria, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Petru Rareș, Marinus van Reymerswaele, Étienne Dolet, Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Isabella di Morra.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Francisco de Orellana ranks 124 out of 3,355Before him are Alfonso V of Aragon (1396), Margaret Theresa of Spain (1651), Pablo de Sarasate (1844), Miguel de Unamuno (1864), Javier Solana (1942), and Paco de Lucía (1947). After him are Francisco Tárrega (1852), Ferdinand III of Castile (1199), Ricardo Zamora (1901), Miguel Primo de Rivera (1870), Francisco Gento (1933), and Princess Isabella of Parma (1741).

Among EXPLORERS In Spain

Among explorers born in Spain, Francisco de Orellana ranks 6Before him are Hernán Cortés (1485), Francisco Pizarro (1478), Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475), and Juan Ponce de León (1460). After him are Diego de Almagro (1475), Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (1460), Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465), Alonso de Ojeda (1466), Hernando de Soto (1500), and Lope de Aguirre (1518).