(Madrid, España, 1478 - Valladolid, España, 1557)
"Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo Valdés (Madrid, 1478 - Valladolid, 1557) fue un militar, escritor, cronista y colonizador español. Capitán de los ejércitos del emperador Carlos V, gobernador general o alcalde de la Fortaleza de Santo Domingo y La Española."
"Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés (August 1478 - 1557) was a Spanish historian and writer. He is commonly known as "Oviedo" even though his family name is Fernández. He participated in the Spanish colonization of the Caribbean, and wrote a long chronicle of this project which is one of the few primary sources about it. For three centuries, only a small portion of it was published, but this abridgement was widely read in the 16th century in Spanish, English, and French editions. He was born in Madrid of a noble Asturian lineage and educated in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. At thirteen, he became page to their son, the Infante John, Prince of Asturias. After the Prince's death (October 4, 1497), Oviedo went to Italy, and there acted as secretary to Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. In 1514 he was appointed supervisor of gold smeltings at Santo Domingo, and on his return to Spain in 1523 was appointed historiographer of the Indies. He paid five more visits to America before his death, which took place at Valladolid in 1557. At one point he was placed in charge of the Fortaleza Ozama, the famous fort in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where there is a large statue of him, a gift to that country from a King of Spain."