Why Famous: Regarded as the discoverer of Brazil, although historians debate whether the discovery was intentional or accidental. Cabral was the first captain to land in all four continents.
Although his achievements largely slipped into obscurity for several hundred years after his death, Cabral is today regarded as a major explorer of the Age of Discovery.
Birthplace: Belmonte, Portugal
Cause of Death: Unspecified causes
- 1500-03-09 Pedro Álvares Cabral departs Lisbon, Portugal at the head of a 13 ship expedition to India that will also claim Brazil for Portugal
- 1500-04-22 Pedro Álvares Cabral is the first european to discover Brazil, landing near Monte Pascoal, claims it for Portugal
- 1501-01-16 Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral and 6 ships begin their return voyage to Lisbon