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Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

Porto Santo is a small island discovered by Portuguese navigators in 1418. It was the first of many islands to be discovered by Portugal’s maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries. ┬áThe island is located 29 miles northeast of Madeira Island, the larger of the...

The Exotic Island of Madeira

The archipelago of Madeira is located 520 km (280 mi) from the African coast and 1,000 km (540 nautical miles) from the European continent (approximately a one-and-a-half-hour flight from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon) with a population of just over 270,000 people. The island...

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...
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The White Sand Beaches of Santa Maria Island in the Azores

The island of Santa Maria was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized and located in the archipelago’s southernmost region. Santa Maria has a lot of history that dates back to the initial ‘Age of Discovery’ in Europe. It is a critical...