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Portugal’s Age of Discovery: The Azores Islands

The discovery of the nine islands, which became known as the Acores or Azores, was not accomplished all at once with many legends behind their existence before the Portuguese colonized them in the 1430s. The first island to be discovered was the small island of Santa Maria on the...

Portugal’s Age of Discovery: Madeira & Porto Santo

In the early 15th century, European merchants became accustomed to vast trade with various East regions. They wanted to improve their productivity and route time by finding a shorter path to the east by sea. Many European nations were becoming maritime powers and were starting to...

The Da Câmara family of Madeira and the Azores

Joao Gonçalves Zarco was a knight in Prince Henry the Navigator’s court, during the Portuguese “Age of Exploration” in the early 1400’s. Joao Zarco led the first fleet to discover uninhabited lands in Europe, fueling the exploration age that spread through...