Francisco DE ALMEIDA

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Explorer - 16th-18th century

PortugueseBorn Francisco DE ALMEIDA

Portuguese nobleman, soldier and explorer

Born on 1450 in Lisboa, Portugal

Died on February 19, 1510 in Baía De Saldanha, África Do Sul

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He was customary for men in his social circle, he joined the military at a young age. In 1476 he took part in the Battle of Toro. Then he fought in conflicts in different parts of Morocco and in 1492 participated in the Christian conquest of Granada on the side of the Castilians.



In 1505 King Manuel I of Portugal appointed Almeida, then in his mid 50s, as the first viceroy of Portuguese India (Estado da Índia). With an armada of 22 ships, including 14 carracks and 6 caravels, Almeida departed from Lisbon on March 25, 1505. The armada carried a crew of 1,000 and 1,500 soldiers. The flagship was the carrack São Rafael captained by Fernão Soares. The mission's primary aims were to bring the spice trade under Portuguese control, to construct forts along the east African and Indian coasts, to further Portuguese spice trade through alliances with local chieftains, besides constructing trading posts.

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