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Jorge Álvares (died July 8, 1521) is credited as the first Portuguese explorer to have reached China and Hong Kong.
In May 1513 Álvares sailed under the Portuguese Malacca captain, Ruy de Buto Patalim / Ruí de Brito Patalim in a junk from Pegu. The expedition was accompanied by 5 other junks. Álvares himself was accompanied by 2 other Portuguese mariners.
Álvares made first contact on Asian soil in Guangdong, Southern China in May 1513. Upon landing, he raised a Padrão from the king of Portugal, where they landed on Lintin Island in the Pearl River estuary. Based on information from their captain, they were to expect to find trade. He later became part of the settlements in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong around 1513 to 1514. This visit was followed by the establishment of a number of Portuguese trading centres in the area, which were eventually consolidated in Macau. In 1517 the Portuguese settlers were in a battle with Imperial Chinese army troops in the region. There is a possibility that Álvares took part in the combat.
Click here for the Jorge Álvares Foundation website.
Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries
Members represented at the Forum:
and (Macao) China.
The Portuguese-speaking countries represent a total population of about 200 million people.
In Macao, in the garden of Leal Senado's building, visitors will find a bust of Luiz Vaz Camões, the XVI poet considered the protuguese greatest !!!
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Luís Vaz de Camões (sometimes rendered in English as Camoens) (c. 1524 – June 10, 1580) Portugal's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Homer, Virgil, and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas.
He departed in 1553 for Goa on board the São Bento, commanded by Fernão Alves Cabral. The ship arrived six months later. In Goa, Camões was imprisoned for debt. He found Goa "a step-mother to all honest men" but he studied local customs and mastered the local geography and history. On his first expedition, he joined a battle along the Malabar Coast. The battle was followed by skirmishes along the trading routes between Egypt and India. The fleet eventually returned to Goa by November 1554. During his time ashore, he continued his writing publicly, as well as writing correspondence for the uneducated men of the fleet.
At the end of his obligatory service, he was given the position of chief warrant officer in Macau. He was charged with managing the properties of missing and deceased soldiers in the Orient. During this time he worked on his epic poem Os Lusíadas ("The Lusiads") in a grotto. He was later accused of misappropriations and traveled to Goa to respond to the accusations of the tribunal. During his return journey, near the Mekong River along the Cambodian coast, he was shipwrecked, saving his manuscript but losing his Chinese lover. His shipwreck survival in the Mekong Delta was enhanced by the legendary detail that he succeeded in swimming ashore while holding aloft the manuscript of his still-unfinished epic.
I just got this web link today [August 15, 2007]. The email was sent to me by my good friend Nuno F that lives in Macau.
Click here to see a really cool panoramic view of Macau from the "Macau Tower".