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Statue of Fray Tomás in Berlanga de Duero
Fray Tomás de Berlanga (1487-1551) was born in Berlanga de Dueromarker in Soriamarker, Spainmarker. He became the fourth bishop of Panamamarker.

In 1535, he sailed to Perumarker to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and his lieutenants after the conquest of the Inca Empire. His ship stalled when the winds died and strong currents carried him out to the Galápagos Islandsmarker which he thus discovered on March 10, 1535. He sent an account of the adventure and discovery to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain.

When Tomás de Berlanga returned to the Berlanga de Duero from the Galapagos he brought with him a cayman. This cayman measured 3 meters. It is currently on display in the cathedral in Berlanga de Duero.


  1. Fray Tomas de Berlanga - Catholic Encyclopedia article

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