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ORDONEZ y CEVALLOS, Pedro, Spanish traveller, born in Seville in the latter half of the 16th century ; died in Spain about 1620. He became a soldier in his youth and set out for America in search of adventures. He landed at Carthagena, travelled as far as Chili, and, after visiting the Antilles and Mexico in 1570, embarked at Acapulco for the Philippines. He then returned to Spain, was ordained priest, and wrote the history of his travels. It was published under the title "Viage del Mundo" (Madrid, 1614, 1616, and 1691). A part of it was translated into Latin by Barlaeus and published under the title "Descriptio India Occidentalis" (Amsterdam, 1622). There is also a French translation. This work gives a good idea of the West Indies at the close of the 16th century. The author speaks with indignation of the cruelties committed by his fellow-countrymen in America.
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