In the service of the Portuguese crown, Cadamosto explored the Atlantic coast of Africa and discovered several islands of the Cape Verde archipelago between 1455 and 1456. In his first voyage, which started on March 22 1455, he visited the Madeira Islands and the Canary Islands. On the second voyage, in 1456, Cadamosto became the first European to reach the Cape Verde Islands. He also explored the Gambia River, but returned to Portugal after finding that the people were hostile.
Cadamosto documents his voyages, which can be found in the Hakluyt Society's "The Voyages of Cadamosto." Series II Vol. LXXX. Year MCMXXXVII.
CADAMOSTO (or CA DA MosTO), Alvise (1432-1477), a Venetian explorer, navigator and writer, celebrated for his voyages in the Portuguese service to West Africa.
In 1454 he sailed from Venice for Flanders, and, being detained by contrary winds off Cape St Vincent, was enlisted by Prince Henry the Navigator among his explorers, and given command of an expedition which sailed (22nd of March 1455) for the south.
Cadamosto expressly refers to the chart he kept of this voyage.
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