Isabel Barreto

Isabel Barreto de Castro (Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, (1567 – 1612) was a Spanish sailor and traveler, the first known woman to hold the office of admiral in European history. She was purportedly the granddaughter of Francisco Barreto, Portuguese governor of India. Isabel Barreto married Alvaro de Mendaña, Spanish navigator, patron of several expeditions to the Pacific Ocean, and European discoverer of the Solomon Islands and the Marquesas Islands. Provided by Wikipedia
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