Juan Díaz De Solís

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Juan Díaz De Solís

  • Birth 1470 Spain
  • Death 20 Jan 1516 Colonia, Uruguay
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Body Roasted an Eated by the natives
  • Memorial ID 64383397

Spanish Conqueror.


Using 3 little "carabelas", a spanish type of ship, he departed from a place called "Sanlúcar de Barrameda" on October 8, 1515, in his last trek, looking for a straith or a canal or channel or any kind of passage to the Pacific Ocean, bordering the brazilian coast, to finally reach the Orient, China and so on.

Sailing to the south, he sailed to the place today known as "Punta del Este", where the city of the same name was raised. Originaly, he called the place "Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria".
Then he continued sailing to the west, where his Master Cooker and Food Administrator on Board, a man called Martín García, died. So he found an island to bury the corpse, the island is now called "Isla Martín García", so Solís was the firs European who reached argentine soil in history.
But until today, all this stuff of Martín García seems a legend. Martín García burial was never discovered. Presumably, it does not exist, the most possible thing may happened is that Solís drop the body of García in the river.

So, entering the River Plate, he was a little bit confused because that were not salted waters, but in sipite of this he believed that was a branch of the sea, so he named the place "Mar Dulce", "Sweet Sea".

Seeing natives at the oriental coast, he approaches and hits land, with Pedro de Alarcón and Francisco Marquina, two of his lieutnants, in a place presumably between Martín Chico and Punta Gorda, where they were attacked, and killed and the bodies roasted and eated by the natives, the "charruas", but some historical sources said they may be killed and eated by the "guaranies", because the charruas may be not cannibals at that time.


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  • Maintained by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Originally Created by: fierracho
  • Added: 18 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64383397
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Juan Díaz De Solís (1470–20 Jan 1516), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64383397, ; Maintained by José L Bernabé Tronchoni (contributor 46500104) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Body Roasted an Eated by the natives.