Just a small discovery on the way to India

When Vasco Da Gama made his first voyage to India from Portugal around Africa, instead of sailing close to the African coast the entire way he sailed a little west into the Atlantic to catch a current which assisted his voyage south. When the second Portuguese trip made the same journey Captain Cabral went a little too far west and ended up reporting that he discovered ‘an island’ on his way south. That ‘island’ turned out to be Brazil.

(Book – The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama – Nigel Cliff)

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