João da Nova

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João da Nova
BirthplaceMaceda, Ourense, Galicia
NationalityGalician Portuguese
Known for Discoverer of Ascension and Saint Helena islands
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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.

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