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NOVA, Juan de (no'-vah), Spanish navigator, born in the province of Galicia in the second half of the 15th century ; died in the East Indies about 1520. He had acquired a great reputation as a pilot on the coast of Africa, and when King Emanuel of Portugal desired to extend his dominions in the newly discovered hemisphere, he called Nova into his service. The latter left Lisbon, 10 May, 1501, in command of an expedition of four vessels, taking with him Americo Vespucci as geographer. After touching on the coast of Africa, he reached South America on 7 August, discovering successively Cape San Rogue, Cape San Agostino, the river San Francisco, Cape San Thome, Rio Janeiro, the islands of San Sebastian and Santa Catarina, and Cape Santa Maria. He was the first to open friendly relations between the Portuguese and the natives, and laden with riches set sail again for home on 13 February, 1502, discovering on the return voyage the island of St. Helena, which at that time was uninhabited. He reached Lisbon in July, 1502, and years afterward went to India with Francisco de Almeida.
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