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Fuca, Juan de

Born: 1536 AD
Died: 1602 AD
Nationality: Greek
Categories: Captain, Military Officer

1536 – Juan de Fuca, born this year as Ioannis Phokas in Greece. He was a Greek captain employed by Spain to sail northward from Mexico and look for a northern passage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

1592 – His exploration took him into the body of water, the Strait of Juan de Fuca. His ancestors had fled Constantinople about half a century before his birth.

1602 – Died this year on the age of 66 in his hometown, Greece.

1988 – The Juan de Fuca Plate, which also bears his name, is a tectonic plate subducting under the northerly portion of the western side of the North American Plate along the coasts of Oregon and Washington States in the US.