Without question, the Portuguese were the strongest sailors in the World during the 16th Century, which also led to the discovery of Brazil.
On April 22, 1500, during the reign of King Manuel I, a fleet led by navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral landed in Brazil and took possession of the land in the name of the king.
Although it is debated whether previous Portuguese explorers had already been in Brazil, this date is widely and politically accepted as the day of the discovery of Brazil by Europeans.
Álvares Cabral was leading a large fleet of 13 ships and more than 1,000 men following Vasco da Gama’s way to India, around Africa. The place where Álvares Cabral arrived is now known as Porto Seguro (“safe harbor”), in Northeastern Brazil.
Today’s featured image is a Portuguese map by Lopo Homem (c. 1519) showing the coast of Brazil and natives extracting brazilwood, as well as Portuguese ships.
Did you know that the Portuguese Empire colonized Brazil?
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