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Encyclopedia > Alvaro Caminha

Alvaro Caminha (late 15th century), Portuguese explorer that started the colonization of São Tomé and Príncipe. (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is a tiny two- island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, distanced 140 kilometers from one another, and situated about 250 and 225 kilometers, respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon. ...


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São Tomé and Príncipe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2367 words)
Over the three years, Portuguese navigators explored the islands and decided they would be a good location for bases to trade with the mainland.
The first successful settlement of São Tomé was established in 1493 by Álvaro Caminha, who received the land as a grant from the crown.
Príncipe was settled in 1500 under a similar arrangement.
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