Juan de Plasencia or Juan Portocarrero (birth name) was born from the illustrious family of the Portocarrero in Plasencia in the region of Extremadura, Spain in the early 16th century. He was one of the seven children of Don Pedro Portocarrero who was a captain of a Spanish schooner, who died in Naples, Italy in 1574. His siblings were D. Alfonso Pacheco Portocarrero, D. Pedro Portocarrero, D. Rodrigo Pacheco, Doña Beatriz, Doña Ana, and Doña Inés Portocarrero. Having had a father who constantly plied the waters of the 16th century Spanish domain in the Mediterranean Sea which extended from the coast of the Iberian Peninsula to the ports of Naples, some of his biographers believed that the young Juan might have spent his early childhood in Italy. In fact, this brought about some speculations that he could have probably even joined the Italian Conventuals in his later teens. He grew up during the period known as the Siglo de Oro. His upbringing was spent against the backdrop of the spiritual and religious resurgence affected by this age. This was also the reason why he entered the Franciscan
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