Ciriaco Cevallos y Bustillo
c. 1767 - c. 1816
Ciriaco Cevallos y Bustillo was born circa 1767 in Quijano, Spain. In 1779 he was admitted to the Escuela de Cartagena Guardias Marinas. In 1785 he sailed under the command of Antonio de Córdoba in the frigate Santa María de la Cabeza, explored and charted the Straits of Magellan before eventually returning to Spain. In 1791, he traveled to Acapulco (Mexico), and joined Alessandro Malaspina on the Descubierta on March 27, in which he was commissioned to draw maps. Included on this expedition were chief scientist Antonio Piñeda, the French-born botanist Luis Née, and naturalist Thaddäus Haenke from Prague. Also on board was the artist Tomás de Suría and José Espinosa y Tello. The expedition sailed as far north as Port Mulgrave (Yakutat Bay, Alaska). From here the expedition followed the coast southward and by mid August had reached the Spanish outpost in Nootka Sound. After exploring some of the inlets the Descubierta sailed back to Acapulco arriving in mid October.
Back in Spain, Cevallos went to work to layout the results of the voyage. Later he was commissioned to map the Gulf of Mexico. For reasons never spelled out Cevallos left the Real Armada and, towards 1808, he moved to New Orleans (which already belonged to the United States of America), where he died, probably in 1816. In 1807 he received the Order of Calatrava.
the west coast of Vancouver Island the town at the head of Zeballos Inlet
is named Zeballos and Zeballos Peak stands not far away.
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