Famous Portuguese Explorers

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 1 Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama.
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1469 AD
Birthplace: Sines, Portugal
Died: December 24, 1524

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first to link Europe and Asia through an ocean route, when he reached Calicut in 1498, thus enriching Portuguese trade with Asia. He made a second voyage later. He was made Count of Vidigueira in 1519 and the viceroy of India in 1524.

 2 Bartolomeu Dias

Bartolomeu Dias.
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Famous As: Portuguese explorer
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Algarve
Died: May 29, 1500

Bartolomeu Dias was a nobleman of the Portuguese royal household in the 15th century. Famous as an explorer, he sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa and set up a route from Europe to Asia. He became the first European to anchor in Cape Good Hope, South Africa, during the Age of Discovery. He perished in 1500. 

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 3 Henry the Navigator

Henry the Navigator.
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Famous As: Portuguese Political figure
Birthdate: March 4, 1394
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
Died: November 13, 1460
Henry the Navigator was a central figure in the 15th-century European maritime expansion and maritime discoveries. He is credited with the early development of Portuguese maritime trade and exploration. He is also credited with developing a new and much lighter ship called the caravel, which changed the way sailors sailed at that time. 

 4 Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan.
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Famous As: Navigator, Explorer
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Sabrosa
Died: April 27, 1521

Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, is remembered for organizing the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522. A skilled sailor and naval officer, he was in service of the Portuguese crown in Asia. He was killed during the Battle of Mactan. The Pacific Ocean was often called the Sea of Magellan in his honor until the 18th century.

 5 Pedro Álvares Cabral

Pedro Álvares Cabral.
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1467 AD
Birthplace: Belmonte, Portugal
Died: 1520 AD

 6 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
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Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: March 13, 1499
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portugal
Died: January 3, 1543

 7 Diego Columbus

Diego Columbus
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Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: April 1, 1479
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Santo Island, Portugal
Died: February 23, 1526
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 8 Francisco de Almeida

Francisco de Almeida
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: March 1, 1510

 9 Diogo Cão

Diogo Cão
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1452 AD
Birthplace: Vila Real, Portugal Vila Real, Kingdom of Portugal
Died: 1486 AD

 10 Duarte Barbosa

Duarte Barbosa
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Portugal
Died: May 1, 1521

 11 Fernão Mendes Pinto

Fernão Mendes Pinto
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1509 AD
Birthplace: Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal
Died: July 8, 1583

 12 João Fernandes Lavrador

João Fernandes Lavrador
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1453 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Portugal
Died: 1501 AD

 13 Pêro da Covilhã

Pêro da Covilhã
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Covilha, Portugal
Died: 1526 AD

 14 Lourenço de Almeida

Lourenço de Almeida
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Martim, Barcelos, Portugal
Died: February 29, 1508

 15 Martim Afonso de Sousa

Martim Afonso de Sousa
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: Vila Viçosa, Portugal
Died: July 21, 1564

 16 Diogo Gomes

Diogo Gomes
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Famous As: Portuguese explorer
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Lagos, Portugal Lagos, Kingdom of Portugal
Died: 1500 AD

 17 João da Nova

João da Nova
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Maceda, Ourense, Spain
Died: July 16, 1509

 18 Alexandre de Serpa Pinto

Alexandre de Serpa Pinto
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 20, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tendais, Portugal
Died: December 28, 1900

 19 Dinis Dias

Dinis Dias
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 20 Álvaro Fernandes

Álvaro Fernandes
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Portugal
Died: 1515 AD

 21 Francisco Barreto

Francisco Barreto
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Faro, Portugal
Died: July 1, 1573