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MUNOZ DE COLLANTES, Juan Miguel Lopez, Spanish adventurer, born in Bnrgos in 1499" died in New Granada in 1542. He served in Italy, and was a captain when, in 1528, he accompanied to South America, Garcia de Lerma, governor of the province of Santa Marta, who sent him in 1530 to conquer the district of Bonda. Munoz afterward explored the valley of Baritica, where ha discovered gold, crossed the Andes, and advanced to Pesigueyca, capital of the Taironas, who repelled the invaders. In the following year he set out again for Pesigueyca, but was again driven back. In a third expedition in 1532 Mufioz captured the city, but, being unable to hold it, burned it and began a difficult retreat, in which the Spaniards suffered great losses. In the division of the country Munoz received for his share the district of Eupari, which he conquered in 1535, and, continuing his march toward the southwest, founded in 1536 on the banks of Cauca river, the city of Santiago de Cali. Joining afterward Sebastian de Benalcazar, he conquered for the latter the province of Arma, where he founded in 1539 the city of Santiago de Arma. When Felipe de Urre set out in 1541 for the discovery of the fabulous El Dorado, which legends placed in the west of New Granada, Munoz accompanied the expedition as commander of the cavalry, and died on the journey.
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