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Hernando Arias de Saavedra

Hernando Arias de Saavedra , commonly known as Hernandarias, was a soldier and politician of criollo ancestry. He was the first American-born person to become a governor of a European colony in the Americas.

Hernandarias was born in Asuncion, Paraguay as the illegitimate son of Maria de Sanabria and Martin Suarez, an officer under Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. He also had a sister, Juana de Saavedra, who later married Juan de Garay, the father of Jeronima de Contreras.

In the same period, his half-brother Hernando de Trejo was named bishop of the see of Asuncion.

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