of Pero Vaz de Caminha
to el-rei D.
Manuel of Portugal
concerning the discovery of Brazil
Illustrations by Ana Maria Plant
English translation by Timothy Plant
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When Pedro Àlvares Cabral sailed west of the doldrums on his
way to India, he
The year was 1500. Travelling with him on his flagship was one Pero Vaz de Caminha,
a Portuguese civil servant who’d been sent to run a business in
Calicut. His famous letter to the King of Portugal, describing in great
detail what they found there, was the first report sent back to Europe from the Lusitanian New World. It is thus a
living testimony to a remarkable moment in a truly remarkable age … the
Age of discovery!