The Portuguese Adventurers (History, Fiction, Reality)

Gerald Moser

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Peoples, nations, and universal humankind experience high moments in their history. For the Portuguese that “hour of glory” lasted a century, beginning in the early 1400s with the rediscovery and settlement of the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. It ended in the mid-1500s with their landing in Japan, their discovery of the Moluccas or Spice Islands, in what is now Indonesia, and the first exploration of the northern coast of California, as far as Cape Mendocino. On their caravels, galleons  and carracks, mere nutshells of ships, the Portuguese swarmed in all directions. Yet, Portugal was then what it still remains, one of the smallest and poorest nations of Europe, though also one of the oldest.

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portuguese literature; adventure; overseas expansion

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1678-2054.2009v15p115

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Publicação do Programa de Pós-graduação em Letras da Universidade Estadual de Londrina.  


ISSN: 1678-2054

QUALIS - CAPES 2013-2016: Letras/Linguística: B1 ; Educação: B2

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