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Azores First Families: Laureano Francisco da Câmara Falcão

The 2nd child and first-born son of Manuel José Pinto da Câmara Coutinho and Bernarda Miquelina do Canto Côrte-Real. Laureano was born on September 17, 1804, at “Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Assunção,” in Vila Do Porto, Santa Maria, Azores Portugal. He was named after...

The World’s Best: New Years Eve in Paradise on Madeira Island

On the beautiful island of Madeira which is located 600 km off the coast of Morocco, and a 90-minute flight from the Azores is where the biggest fireworks show takes place every year! No winter jackets are needed here! With an average temperature in the winter in the high...

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...

Madeira Islands Annual Spring Flower Festival

The annual flower festival on the island of Madeira is a perfect festival to represent Madeira island’s natural beauty. It is here in which the Portuguese call the land of eternal spring. The island is known for its unique gardens and exotic flowers, where anything and...

Christopher Columbus in Madeira

The legends of Christopher Columbus have become notorious in history with many people debating whether he was the son of a Genoa weaver born in Italy or was he born in Portugal since he never spoke or wrote in his native language of Italian and always wrote in Portuguese and...

A Floating Garden in the Atlantic: Madeira Island

The gorgeous island of Madeira, which belongs to Portugal, was discovered in 1418 by the Portuguese Explorer Joao Goncalves Zarco. It was an uninhabited island 1000 km’s from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, and just 500 km’s off the coast of Morocco. It is...

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...