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Who was Pedro Alvares Cabral?

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Pedro Alvares Cabral, Portuguese explorer in the 16th century, is known as the first navigator to land on four continents: Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Cabral was also the first explorer to reach Brazil in 1500, when he claimed the land for Portugal.

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Cabral, who was the son of nobility, was appointed to his position by King Manuel I of Portugal. He was forced to retire after King Manuel appointed another Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, to be in charge of the exploration of India. Cabral, who died in 1520, is considered a major historical figure in the Age of Discovery.

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