Terra Australis Incognita: The Spanish Quest for the Mysterious Great South Land

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Chapter Ten
QUIRÓS

On 3 May 1597, Pedro Fernández de Quirós came ashore at the Peruvian port of Paita, which he had left almost exactly two years before. He wrote:

Thence I wrote a letter to the Viceroy, Don Luis de Velasco, and
travelled by land to Lima, where I arrived on the 5th of June,
and was well received by the Viceroy He desired to be informed
respecting all the particulars of our voyage and discoveries, and
I gave him the best account in my power.

Then Quirós went on to what clearly had occupied his thinking for many months.

I also offered that, if he would give me a vessel of 70 tons and

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