- Juan de Ayolas
name = Juan de Ayolas
death_date = 1537
death_place = Paraguay
names in other languages =
religion = Catholic
Juan de Ayolas (d. c. 1537) was a
conquistadorwho explored the watershed of the Rio de la Platafor the Spanish crown. He accompanied Pedro de Mendozaon his 1534 expedition to colonize the region between the Rio de la Plata and the Straits of Magellanand briefly succeeded him as the second governor of the region after Mendoza returned home in 1537.
Seeking supplies, he sailed up the
Paraná Riverand founded a fort called Corpus Christi, as Sebastian Cabothad before him. Leaving Domingo Martínez de Iralaat Puerto la Candelaria (modern Fuerte Olimpo,) he sailed up the Paraguay Riverseeking a connection to Peru. He fought with the Guaraní, crossed the Chacoto the Andes, and siezed some booty there, but as he returned was killed with every man of his company by the Payagua.
The city of
Ayolasin Paraguay, and its airport (IATA: AYO, ICAO: SGAY,) are named for him.
* [http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-46569/Juan-de-Ayolas Britannica Online Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Argentina 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica]
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