English translation of 'Descobrimentos'
Mainly due to the seafaring expertise of Henry the Navigator, Portugal enjoyed a period of unrivalled overseas expansion during the 15th century. He organized and financed several voyages to Africa, which eventually led to the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 by Bartolomeu Dias. In 1497, Vasco da Gama became the first European to travel by sea to India, where he established a lucrative spice trade, and a few years later, in 1500, Pedro Álvares Cabral reached Brazil, which he claimed for Portugal. Brazil remained under Portuguese rule until 1822.
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Translation of Descobrimentos from the Collins Portuguese to English Dictionary