1500 - 1539

Estevanico  Moroccan Explorer


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First Name Estevanico
Birthday 30th November, 1499
Birthplace Azemmour, Morocco
Died 1539
Place of Death Hawikuh Ruins
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Ethnicity Black
Nationality Moroccan
Occupation Text Explorer in present day Mexico and parts of the southwest United States
Occupation Explorer

Mustafa Azemmouri (c.–1539), better known by his slave name Estevanico ("Little Stephen"), was a Moroccan explorer from Azemmour, servant in Spain, who became the first African explorer of North America. He has been referred to as "the first great African man in America". He is known as Esteban de Dorantes, Estebanico, and Esteban the Moor. He was sold to a Spanish nobleman in Spain in about 1521, and taken in 1527 on the Spanish Narváez expedition to establish a colony in "La Florida", which at the time was composed of present-day Florida, and all unexplored lands to the north and west, including Northern Mexico.

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