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Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:20 pm

1981 Map anniversary of de discovery of Madeira .jpg
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Madeira issued in 1981 two stamps for the discovery of the islands, the 33E.50 shows us a nautical chart with the three caravels, with one the left an explorer standing on a caravel, while the 8E.50 shows us a caravel, more on the caravel is given on viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11402&p=12903#p12903
The archipelago is located 515 km from the coast of northwest Africa in the Atlantic. The islands have been important as a base since Henry the Navigator. The Portuguese began to settle in 1425. Funchal, the main town of Madeira, received city rights in 1508.

The year 1418, is marked as the year of discovery of the Island of Porto Santo. In that year Portuguese vessels, led by two captains sent by Prince Henry the Navigator (Infante Dom Henrique, o Navegador), namely João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, deviated from its planned route following the African coast due to a heavy storm. The captains and their crew were saved, finding shelter on a small island that they then called Porto Santo (the Holy Harbour), in gratitude for their rescue from shipwreck.
A year later, in 1419, they returned to discover another island near Porto Santo. The island was then named Madeira (Wood), due to the abundance of this raw material. The two captains, along with Captain Bartolomeu Perestrelo, took possession of this newly discovered island on behalf of the Portuguese crown.
João Gonçalves Zarco, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and Tristão Vaz Teixeira were the three navigators and explorers who arrived and stayed here on the islands. Each got his own captaincy on the archipelago of Madeira. Porto Santo was assigned to Bartolomeu Perestrelo, Machico to Tristão Vaz Teixeira, and Funchal to Gonçalves Zarco, but this only occurred some years later, in 1440, after the Cycle of Settlement, in 1425, by order of king D. João I. ... chipelago/
Madeira 1981 8.50E sg 180, scott? and 33.50E sg 181, scott?
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