In the same year, Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral claimed Brazil for Portugal, arguing that the territory fell into the Portuguese sphere of exploration as defined by the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas.
Why did Cabral claim Brazil for Portugal?
Cabral, Pedro Álvares
In 1500, he led an expedition to the East Indies on the route pioneered by Vasco da Gama. To avoid contrary winds and currents, he took a westward course in the Atlantic and touched on the coast of Brazil, which he claimed for Portugal.
What did Pedro Cabral do in Brazil?
1520) was a Portuguese nobleman, military commander, navigator and explorer regarded as the European discoverer of Brazil. In 1500 Cabral conducted the first substantial exploration of the northeast coast of South America and claimed it for Portugal.
What inspired the name for Brazil?
The name of Brazil is a shortened form of Terra do Brasil (“Land of Brazil”), a reference to the brazilwood tree.