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Francisco de Orellana (1511, Trujillo, Crown of Castile – November 1546, Amazon River) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador.

He completed the first known navigation of the entire length of the Amazon River, which initially was named "Rio de Orellana." He also founded the city of Guayaquil in what is now Ecuador.

Pizarro left Quito in February 1541 just before Orellana arrived with his 23 men and horses.

Orellana hurried after the main expedition, eventually making contact with them in March.

However, by the time the expedition had left the mountains, 3000 natives and 140 Spanish had either died or deserted.

On reaching the River Coca (a tributary of the Napo), a brigantine, the San Pedro, was constructed to ferry the sick and supplies.

Gonzalo Pizarro ordered him to explore the Coca River and return after finding the river's end.

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