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Ulloa, Francisco de 1535- Explorer; born in Spain; became a lieutenant of Cortez in his explorations in America, and was left by him, in 1535, in charge of the colony of Santa Cruz. In 1539-40 he commanded the expedition that explored California, giving to the gulf the name of Sea of Cortez, and discovered that southern California was a peninsula. He died on the Pacific coast in 1540.