Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese noble, set out from Spain with five ships and a crew filled with men from Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. The fleet reached the coast of South America and they searched for a bay that would lead to the Pacific. In 1520, his ships entered a bay at the southern tip of South America. Ignoring the weather, Magellan charted a passage known as the Strait of Magellan. The ships emerged from here into the 'South Sea', which he renamed the Pacific Ocean.

Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese noble, set out from Spain with five ships and a crew filled with men from Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. The fleet reached the coast of South America and they searched for a bay that would lead to the Pacific. In 1520, his ships entered a bay at the southern tip of South America. Ignoring the weather, Magellan charted a passage known as the Strait of Magellan. The ships emerged from here into the 'South Sea', which he renamed the Pacific Ocean.

Luís Vaz de Camões, (1524 - 1580) His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads). His recollection of poetry The Parnasum of Luís de Camões was lost in his lifetime. The influence of his masterpiece "Os Lusíadas" in Portuguese is so profound that it is called the "language of Camões".

Luís Vaz de Camões, (1524 - 1580) His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads). His recollection of poetry The Parnasum of Luís de Camões was lost in his lifetime. The influence of his masterpiece "Os Lusíadas" in Portuguese is so profound that it is called the "language of Camões".

India History - D. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460 or 1469 – 24 December 1524), 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.

India History - D. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460 or 1469 – 24 December 1524), 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.

Amália Rodrigues #Portuguese #fado singer---- hmmm looks a lot like my aunt maiden name Rodrigues

Amália Rodrigues #Portuguese #fado singer---- hmmm looks a lot like my aunt maiden name Rodrigues

Vasco da Gamma kept his relationship with King Manuel even after retiring from being an explorer. In 1519, he gained the title of count of Vidigueira.

Vasco da Gamma kept his relationship with King Manuel even after retiring from being an explorer. In 1519, he gained the title of count of Vidigueira.

Pedro lvares Cabral - steel engraving. Pedro Álvares Cabral led the first Portuguese expedition to reach what is now known as Brazil.    The 13 ships commanded by Cabral arrived on 22 April 1500.    It is often said that Cabral’s expedition ‘discovered’ the land that is now Brazil. For many, the history of Brazil began that day.

Pedro lvares Cabral - steel engraving. Pedro Álvares Cabral led the first Portuguese expedition to reach what is now known as Brazil. The 13 ships commanded by Cabral arrived on 22 April 1500. It is often said that Cabral’s expedition ‘discovered’ the land that is now Brazil. For many, the history of Brazil began that day.

Alexandre Herculano de Carvalho e Araújo, 1810 - 1877, was a Portuguese novelist and historian.

Alexandre Herculano de Carvalho e Araújo, 1810 - 1877, was a Portuguese novelist and historian.

Terra da fraternidade  Grândola, vila morena  Em cada rosto igualdade  O povo é quem mais ordena       À sombra duma azinheira  Que já não sabia a idade  Jurei ter por companheira  Grândola a tua vontade

Terra da fraternidade Grândola, vila morena Em cada rosto igualdade O povo é quem mais ordena À sombra duma azinheira Que já não sabia a idade Jurei ter por companheira Grândola a tua vontade

Bartolomeu Dias was a Knight of the royal court and sailing-master of the man-of-war, King John II of Portugal appointed him, 1487 to an expedition to sail around the tip of Africa to find a trade route to India.Dias reached the Golfo da Conceicão (Walvis Bay).Rounded the Cape of Good Hope, Dias continued east and entered Aguada de São Brás (Mossel Bay).They reached Kwaaihoek at the Bushman's River.Dias was forced to turn back. It was on the return voyage that he discovered the Cape of Good…

Bartolomeu Dias was a Knight of the royal court and sailing-master of the man-of-war, King John II of Portugal appointed him, 1487 to an expedition to sail around the tip of Africa to find a trade route to India.Dias reached the Golfo da Conceicão (Walvis Bay).Rounded the Cape of Good Hope, Dias continued east and entered Aguada de São Brás (Mossel Bay).They reached Kwaaihoek at the Bushman's River.Dias was forced to turn back. It was on the return voyage that he discovered the Cape of Good…

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