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JAQUEZ, Christoval (hah'-keth), Portuguese mariner, born toward the end of the 15th century died in Iguarassu in 1555. He served with credit in the navy, and in 1536 was given command of a fleet to oppose the progress of the French in Brazil. Sailing from Lisbon in November, Jaquez landed on the South American continent in the following spring and founded an establishment on the banks of the river called by the Indians Iguarassu. He afterward explored and charted the coast as far as the river Plate, and, on his return to Iguarassu, sent to Portugal two vessels loaded with Brazilian dye-woods. In 1540 he started again on an exploration along the coast and captured three French schooners which were trading with the Indians. Jaquez sailed a few years later to Lisbon and endeavored to obtain a grant of land in Brazil for himself, but, having failed in his efforts, he returned again to Iguarassu in time to assist Duarte Coelho Pereira in the destruction of the establishment that had been founded by Marseilles traders forty-two miles from the Portuguese settlement, and resumed the command of the colony. He died from fever two years later.
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