Fonte, Bartholomew de

FONTE, Bartholomew de, a mysterious "Admiral of New Spain and Prince of Chile" credited in a 1767 London publication with a voyage to the N Pacific coast in 1640. There he reportedly discovered a navigable sea passage across N America at about the latitude of DIXON ENTRANCE (54°). Influential French cartographers promoted the existence of the passage and it was widely accepted until disproved officially by the voyages of Jacinto CAAMAÑO in 1792 and George VANCOUVER in 1793. Reports of Fonte...

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