Martínez, Estéban José

MARTÍNEZ, Estéban José, naval officer (b 9 Dec 1742, Seville, Spain; d 28 Oct 1798, Baja California, Mexico). He entered the Spanish navy as a teenager and was posted to the naval base of San Blas, Mexico; from there he accompanied Juan PÉREZ on his 1774 voyage to the QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS to investigate rumours of Russian expansion. He returned in 1775–88 to regular naval service between Spanish ports in Mexico and California, then in 1788 made his second voyage north to investigate...

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