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Portuguese Discoveries from the 15th to the 17th Century
In 1418, the first Portuguese navigators left their home shores and took to the high seas. Larger ships - caravels and galleons - and new navigation instruments enabled them to reach the Cape of Good Hope, the Spice Islands, Brazil, China, with its silk and porcelain, and finally - Japan.
This fascinating period of great discovery and adventure is brought to life by an array of colorful personalities. Everyone has heard of Vasco da Gama and Afonso de Albuquerque, but what about Alvise Ca' da Mosto, a Venetian merchant who explored the African coastline in the service of Henry the Navigator, the Jesuit Luís Fróis, an expert on Japanese culture, or Gabiriel Soares de Sousa, who led the quest for the legendary Eldorado in Brazil? Or Fernão Mendes Pinto, the adventurer who sailed the China Seas for twenty years?
Find out all about these and other adventurers, the obstacles they encountered, their triumphs and failures, the opening of the sea routes and the discovery of distant civilizations and cultures. You too can now examine the navigation maps and documents of the period, use the nautical instruments and marvel at the ships, reconstructed here in digital images of the highest quality.
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