The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Niño, Pedro Alonso

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NIÑO, Pedro Alonso, pā'drō ä-lōn'sō nē'ñō, Spanish navigator: b. Moguer, Spain, about 1455; d. about 1505. He piloted one of Columbus' ships in the expedition of 1492, and accompanied him on his third voyage in 1498 to Trinidad and the coast of Paria, and returned to Spain filled with the project of making an expedition to the new country in search of treasure. He was granted the royal permission, one-fifth of the spoils to be the share of the Crown. The voyage was a successful one; he peaceably obtained from the Indians a great store of treasure, but was accused of withholding the share belonging to the king and died before the suit was ended.