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Alejandro Malaspina
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Born (1754-11-05)November 5, 1754
Mulazzo, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Holy Roman Empire
Died April 9, 1810(1810-04-09)
Pontremoli, French Empire
Allegiance Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Spain
Service/branch Naval jack of Spain.svg Navy of Spain
Years of service 1774–1795
Rank Brigadier
Commands held Malaspina Expedition
Battles/wars Great Siege of Gibraltar

Alejandro Malaspina (November 5, 1754 – April 9, 1810) was a Tuscan explorer who spent most of his life as a Spanish naval officer. Under a Spanish royal commission, he undertook a voyage around the world from 1786 to 1788, then, from 1789 to 1794, a scientific expedition (the Malaspina Expedition) throughout the Pacific Ocean, exploring and mapping much of the west coast of the Americas from Cape Horn to the Gulf of Alaska, crossing to Guam and the Philippines, and stopping in New Zealand, Australia, and Tonga.

Malaspina was christened "Alessandro." He signed his letters in Spanish "Alexandro," which is usually modernized to "Alejandro" by scholars.

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