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First Greeks in America
« on: Sunday, 14 April, 2019 @ 10:18:58 »
On this day in 1528, Theodoros Griego becomes first Greek to set foot in the USA

The first Greek known to have stepped foot into the USA is Theodoros Griego, a sailor who landed on Florida with the Spanish Narváez expedition on April 14, 1528. He died during the expedition, as did most of his companions.

Theodoro Griego was a Greek explorer and conquistador, he was born in the Aegean and later moved to Spain. He then set sailed from the Spanish port of Sanlucar de Barrameda and followed Panfilo de Narvaez in his expedition to North America.

In 1592, Greek captain Juan de Fuca (Ioannis Fokas or Apostolos Valerianos) sailed up the Pacific coast under the Spanish flag, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic. He reported discovering a body of water, a strait which today bears his name: the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which today forms part of the Canada–United States border.