João da Nova
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|João da Nova|
|Birthplace||Maceda, Ourense, Galicia|
|Known for||Discoverer of Ascension and Saint Helena islands|
Nova, João (Juan) da
Date of birth unknown; died in 1509. Portuguese navigator.
In 1501, en route from Portugal to India at the head of a flotilla of four ships, da Nova discovered Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. On the return trip, in 1502, he discovered the island of St. Helena.