17501820, May 24
a Galician naval officer and explorer serving the Spanish crown. He was born in San Adrián de Corme (Corme Aldea, Ponteceso), near La Coruña, Galicia. Mourelle served the Spanish navy in the Guyanas, Trinidad, and the Antilles before becoming stationed at New Spain's Pacific Ocean naval base at San Blas, Mexico in 1774. During his service at San Blas, Mourelle traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Ocean. In 1781 he visited Tonga and travelled through the Ellice Islands (now Tuvalu).
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