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CASANATE, Pedro Porter de (cah-sah-nah'-tay), Spanish naval officer, flourished in the 17th century. In 1635 he explored the coasts of South America, in order to rectify the charts, and in 1(140 was given the exclusive right to navigate the gulf of California and make discoveries oil its coasts. After he had held the office of governor of Sinaloa, and finished his explorations in California, he was sent to Chili as governor and re-establishhd order in the region. Casanate left several geographical and nautical works which are highly esteemed, including "Diccionario Nautico," " Reparo a los Er-rores de la Navegacidn Espanola," " Relaciones y Cartas de viajes a California," " RelaciSn de la Campana de Chile," and "Sentencias notables de la Perfecta RazSn de Estado."
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