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  • 1418

    Porto Santo Island

    Porto Santo Island
    Porto Santo Island was discovered by Portuguese sailors João Gonçalves Zarco, Tristão Vaz Teixeira and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, later named the first Captain Donee of this island. This trip and the discovery of the island marked the beginning of the overseas discoveries.
  • Period:
    1418
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    1418

    Porto Santo Island

    Porto Santo Island was discovered by Portuguese sailors João Gonçalves Zarco, Tristão Vaz Teixeira and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, later named the first Captain Donee of this island. This trip and the discovery of the island marked the beginning of the overseas discoveries.
  • 1462

    Cape Verde archipelago

    Cape Verde archipelago
    Portuguese settlers arrived in Santiago and founded a village that they named Ribeira Grande (today the Cape Verde archipelago), to avoid being confused with the village of Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antão). Ribeira Grande was the first permanent European settlement in the tropics.
  • Period:
    1462
    to
    1462

    Cape Verde archipelago

    Portuguese settlers arrived in Santiago and founded a village that they named Ribeira Grande (today the Cape Verde archipelago), to avoid being confused with the village of Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antão). Ribeira Grande was the first permanent European settlement in the tropics.
  • 1494

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama
    Vasco da Gama discovered the first boat equipped with cannon doors and upper sails. Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea.
  • Period:
    1494
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    1494

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama discovered the first boat equipped with cannon doors and upper sails. Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea.
  • 1500

    The large island of Madagascar

    The large island of Madagascar
    The large island of Madagascar was discovered by a Portuguese fleet under the command of Diogo Dias, who was part of a fleet of 13 ships commanded by Pedro Álvares Cabral. The Portuguese called the new island discovered São Lourenço Island.
  • 1500

    Diego Garcia island

    Diego Garcia island
    Diego Garcia was discovered by Portuguese explorers. It is the largest of the fifty-two islands that form the Chagos Archipelago, located in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The name of the island is believed to have come from the captain of the ship or the navigator on that first voyage of discovery.
  • Period:
    1500
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    1500

    The large island of Madagascar

    The large island of Madagascar was discovered by a Portuguese fleet under the command of Diogo Dias, who was part of a fleet of 13 ships commanded by Pedro Álvares Cabral. The Portuguese called the new island discovered São Lourenço Island.
  • Period:
    1500
    to
    1500

    Diego Garcia island

    Diego Garcia was discovered by Portuguese explorers. It is the largest of the fifty-two islands that form the Chagos Archipelago, located in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The name of the island is believed to have come from the captain of the ship or the navigator on that first voyage of discovery.
  • 1505

    Gonçalo Álvares

    Gonçalo Álvares
    Gonçalo Álvares was a Portuguese explorer who actively participated in the Age of Discovery, starting with Diogo Cão's second voyage. In 1505, on board Francisco's fleet de Almeida - the first viceroy of Portuguese India - sailed to the south of the Atlantic where “water and even wine froze”, and discovered an island that was named after him. It was later renamed Gough Island by the British, who took possession in the 19th century.
  • Period:
    1505
    to
    1505

    Gonçalo Álvares

    Gonçalo Álvares was a Portuguese explorer who actively participated in the Age of Discovery, starting with Diogo Cão's second voyage. In 1505, on board Francisco's fleet de Almeida - the first viceroy of Portuguese India - sailed to the south of the Atlantic where “water and even wine froze”, and discovered an island that was named after him. It was later renamed Gough Island by the British, who took possession in the 19th century.
  • 1506

    Tristan da Cunha Island

    Tristan da Cunha Island
    The islands were first registered as sighted in 1506 by the Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha, although the rough sea prevented the landing. He gave his own name to the main island, Tristan da Cunha Island. Later, it was anglicized from its first mention in the letters of the British Admiralty until the island of Tristão da Cunha.
  • Period:
    1506
    to
    1506

    Tristan da Cunha Island

    The islands were first registered as sighted in 1506 by the Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha, although the rough sea prevented the landing. He gave his own name to the main island, Tristan da Cunha Island. Later, it was anglicized from its first mention in the letters of the British Admiralty until the island of Tristão da Cunha.
  • The Torres Strait

    The Torres Strait
    The Torres Strait was discovered by Spanish sailor Luis Vaez de Torres in 1606 and its existence was kept secret until 1764.
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    The Torres Strait

    The Torres Strait was discovered by Spanish sailor Luis Vaez de Torres in 1606 and its existence was kept secret until 1764.