Tristão DA CUNHA

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PortugueseBorn Tristão DA CUNHA

Portuguese explorer and naval commander

Born on 1460 in Portugal

Died on December 22, 1539 in Portugal

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Cunha was born in Portugal. He was nominated as first viceroy of Portuguese India in 1504, but could not take up this post owing to temporary blindness.



In 1506 he was appointed commander of a fleet of 15 ships sent to the east coast of Africa and off India. His cousin, Afonso de Albuquerque, was in charge of a squadron of five vessels in this fleet that subsequently detached. Their mission was to conquer Socotra and build a fortress there, hoping to close the trade in the Red Sea. They sailed together until they reached Mozambique. In the Mozambique Channel they found his friend captain João da Nova stranded while returning from India. They rescued him and the ship Frol de la mar, both joining the fleet.

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