- Juan de Agramonte
England's ever increasing voyages to the New World, Spain became concerned by English intrusions into her territories, and planned to explore the north Atlantic coast in order to take possession of it. Juan de Dorneloswas placed in command of an expedition in 1500which never did happen as the expedition was never put to sea.
After the failed attempt in 1500, Agramonte, a sailor and native of
Lleida, signed a contract with the daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon on October 29 1511to lead an expedition of discovery and exploration to Tierra Nuevaor Terra Novain the years following the voyages of John Cabot. The expedition, which was to comprise of two ships, had orders not to land on soil under the jurisdiction of the kingdom of Portugal.
It has been speculated that this expedition also did not take place. The fact that these expeditions were contemplated furthers the notion that the shores of Newfoundland had previously been visited by the Bretons and that a part of the Newfoundland territory had been discovered by Portugal.
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=4 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
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