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Cabeza de Vaca, Álvar Núñez

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Cabeza de Vaca, Álvar Núñez äl´vär no͞o´nyāth käbā´thä dā vä´kä [key], c.1490–c.1557, Spanish explorer. Cabeza de Vaca [cow's head] was not actually a surname but a hereditary title in his mother's family; he is frequently called simply Álvar Núñez.

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