The Double Nationality of João Rodrigues Cabrilho, Portuguese-Born, Naturalized Castilian. Part I – A Much Needed Review

The Double Nationality of João Rodrigues Cabrilho, Portuguese-Born, Naturalized Castilian. Part I – A Much Needed Review

Volume 48 Issue 1

Author(s):

Paulo Manuel João Afonso - American River College

Recommended Citation:

Afonso, Paulo Manuel João (2023) “The Double Nationality of João Rodrigues Cabrilho, Portuguese-Born, Naturalized Castilian. Part I – A Much Needed Review,” Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: Vol. 48 : Iss. 1 , Article 1.

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Abstract:

This first in a series of three articles reveals many important new historical documents relative to Alta California’s early maritime discovery, writing new chapters about its framework and complex network of individualities, while focusing on the nationality of Cabrilho and other Portuguese shipowners in Alvarado-Mendoça’s 1541-1543 fleet. This article, Part I, presents Bartolome Ferrer’s unpublished 1547 testament, where Cabrilho’s pilot-major declares to be natural (likely as in being born, not naturalized) of Albissola, near Savona (he was Genoese, not Spanish as currently accepted). Part I further critically reviews Cabrilho’s lifetime international context, and gives many examples of naturalized foreigners that were not Spanish-born, seriously questioning the over-premature conclusions about Cabrilho being Spanish-born based on W. Kramer’s documental findings.

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