Alcalá-Galiano, Dionisio

ALCALÁ-GALIANO, Dionisio, naval officer (b 8 Oct 1760, Cabra, Spain; d 21 Oct 1805, Battle of Trafalgar). An officer in the Spanish navy and an experienced hydrographer, he explored BC waters in summer 1792. He joined the MALASPINA expedition in 1789 but stayed in New Spain (Mexico) in 1791 when Malaspina visited NOOTKA SOUND. On his return to Acapulco, Malaspina saw the new Spanish charts of JUAN DE FUCA STRAIT and GEORGIA STRAIT and assigned Alcalá-Galiano to continue the search for the...

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