History of Madeira
Discovered in 1419 by Portuguese explorers Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and João Gonçalves Zarco, Madeira received its name, meaning “wood” in Portuguese, because of the large quantities of this raw material on the island.
In 1425, it began to be colonized after its strategic value was realized. Its rich soil and geographical location quickly made it a port of call for trade routes in Europe.
Today, the archipelago of Madeira is a favorite destination for Portuguese people and foreign tourists alike. As well as having a mild climate throughout the year, it is a safe and peaceful area with varied cuisine and plenty of places to visit.
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