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DAUILA, Alonso de (dah-wee'-lah), Spanish soldier, born in Toledo in the latter part of the 15th century; died in Guatitlan, Mexico, in 1536. On 16 November 1518, he sailed from Santiago de Cuba in the expedition under command of Hernan Cortes as a lieutenant in Juan Velasquez's coral)any. He assisted in the whole Mexican campaign, beginning in 1519 in Tabasco, and is said to have taken part in seventy battles. When Narvaez, sent by Diego Velasquez, jealous of Cortes, landed in Mexico and was defeated, Dauila was commissioned by Cortes to go to Hispaniola and ask of the audiencia of thai: Island that he might not be hampered in his enterprise by further interference from Velázquez. He obtained a favorable result of his mission, and returned to Mexico on the day of the entry of Cortes after his victory of Panuco. To recompense Dauila for this service, and also because he mistrusted him on account of his friendly relations with Bishop Fonseca, the president of the Indian council, Cortes, besides giving him a considerable amount of gold, appointed him military governor of the village of Guatitlan. In 1522 Dauila was commissioned by Cortes to carry to the emperor a tribute of 80,000 ounces of gold in bars obtained from the treasure of Montezuma. With Antonio de Quifiones he left Vera Cruz on this commission with two ships, 20 December 1522, and reached the Terceira islands. During their stay there to take stores, Quinones was killed in brawl. Dauila set sail for Spain, but his ships were captured by the French corsair "Jean Florin." As the French demanded a heavy ransom for him, he was for a long time prisoner, but won the friendship of the officer that guarded him, and was enabled to send the dispatches and letter's received from Cortes to the emperor, who at the time was in Flanders. Later he escaped from prison and went to Spain, presenting himself at court, and returned to Mexico in 1526 with the appointment of treasurer of Yucatan; but in later years joined Cortes again in the capital.
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