In 1500 and 1508, Diaz de Solis joined Vincente Pinzón on two
voyages exploring along the coast of South America. He was appointed
as chief pilot in 1512 and three years later was commissioned to
lead an expedition to an area south of the Isthmus of Panama. He
reached the estuary of Rio de la Plata in 1516 and sailed up the
Uruguay River. He and all but one of his landing party were killed
and eaten by natives.
The survivor, Francisco del Puerto, gave valuable information about
the area to Sebastian Cabot, who explored the area in 1526.
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