Fuca, Juan de

FUCA, Juan de, sailor (b Valeriano, Greece; d circa 1602, Valeriano, Greece). He worked as a pilot for the Spanish on the Pacific Coast and claimed to have been sent north from Mexico in 1592 to seek the fabled Strait of ANIAN, the entrance to the Northwest Passage. In an unverified account, he said that he entered the strait at about 47° N, sailed into it for 20 days and reached a large inland sea before turning back. In 1787, when the English trader Charles BARKLEY located a broad strait...

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