Alvise de Cadamosto

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Cadamosto was a Venetian merchant, who voyaged to the west coast of Africa in the 1450s. In search of new discoveries and gold for his patrons in Portugal, Cadamosto claimed to have discovered some of the Cape Verde Islands. The following century, Cadamosto’s heirs would commission a portolan atlas which is now one of the most remarkable pieces of cartography to survive from the 16th Century.

Alvise de Cadamosto map of Cape Verde with intricate illustrations in reds, golds and greens