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VlLLALOBOS, Ruy Lopez de (veel-yah-Io'-bos), Spanish navigator, born in Toledo about 1500; died in Amboina, Moluccas, in 1544. Little is known of his early life, but in 1540 he was famous in Mexico as a skilful navigator, and therefore was chosen by the viceroy, Antonio de Mendoza, to command the expedition to discover Spice islands, that were still unoccupied by the Portuguese. He left Acapulco in 1542 in command of four vessels, discovered the Caroline and Pelew groups, and sighted a large island, which he called Caesarea Caroli, and which is supposed to be Luzon. Finally he found an island which he called Antonio or Saragan, and there established a colony, notwithstanding the strenuous opposition of the natives. Soon his provisions and ammunition began to fail, and he despatched three of his vessels for a supply to Mexico; but they were wrecked in sight of the port of departure, and, driven by hunger, he abandoned the settlement and sought refuge in Amboina, where he and the survivors were imprisoned by the Portuguese. One of the number, Guido de Labezares, escaped in 1549 and carried to Mexico the report of the expedition.
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