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Born c. 1500
Azemmour, Morocco (Wattasid period)
Disappeared 1539
Hawikuh, New Mexico, U.S.
Other names Esteban the Moor, Little Stephen, Esteban de Dorantes, Mustafa Azemmouri
Occupation Explorer in present day Mexico and parts of the southwest United States

Estevanico ("Little Stephen"; modern spelling Estebanico; c. 1500–1539), also known as Esteban de Dorantes or Mustafa Azemmouri, was a Moroccan explorer who became the first North African of Berber origin to explore North America.

He was enslaved and sold to a Spanish nobleman in Spain in about 1521, and taken in 1527 on the Spanish Narváez expedition to explore "La Florida", which at the time was composed of present-day Florida, and all unexplored lands to the north and west, including Northern Mexico.

He has been referred to as "the first great African man in America".

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