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NUNEZ-PEDROSO, Francisco, Spanish adventurer, born in Spain about 1500" died probably in New Grenada. He followed Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada to South America in 1536, soon afterward reached the grade of captain in that leader's band, and took part in all the engagements with the Indians of New Grenada. In 1550 he obtained leave to found a city on the left bank of the Magdalena on hind that was then inhabited by Guali Indians. He was granted a favorable site by the cacique Marqueta, and built in the same year a town which he dedicated to St. Sebastian on 28 August In 1556 the city was removed to the neighborhood of Guali river, and called Mariquita, a corruption, according to some, of the name of the cacique, but, according to others, the name of a female Indian slave of Quesada.
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