I’ve been spending some time reading and writing episodes between fiddling with the Kickstarter (which I’ll submit for Kickstarter.com to review in few days). As I mentioned I’m going to start with a history overview, including the pre-Columbian history. Naturally, the Pre-Columbian era will be the first of the history overview episodes.
I was delighted to see the cover of this month’s issue of Superinteressante (sort of the Brazilian equivalent of Popular Science in the US). The center text, “O Brasil antes de Cabral”, means “Brazil before Cabral”. Who or what is Cabral, you ask? Good question! Cabral refers to Pedro Álvares Cabral, the first Portuguese navigator to land in what is now Brazil. Although one or two Spaniards had been there a few years earlier, Cabral is considered the discoverer of Brazil as it was he who formally claimed the land for Portugal.