Malaspina, Alejandro

MALASPINA, Alejandro, Spanish naval officer (b 5 Nov 1754, Mulazzo, Italy; d 9 Apr 1810, Pontremoli, Italy). He entered the navy in 1774 and served in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific before leading an expedition around the world in 1784–88 in the frigate Astrea, proving himself a highly competent navigator and leader. On his return to Spain he proposed an investigation of Spanish colonies as part of another round-the-world voyage and recruited a group of brilliant officers and...

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