Anthroponyms seta LOPES, Afonso

As Pilot Major of the fleet in 1500, he piloted the ship of commodore Pedro Álvares Cabral. Pêro Vaz de Caminha mentions him in his famous letter addressed to King Manuel I where he announces the discovery of Brazil. According to Caminha, Afonso Lopes, following Cabral?s orders, made the voyage of investigation to the future Cabralia Bay, where he captured two natives and took them to the commodore. On April 27, he participated in the latitude calculations with mestre João and Pêro Escobar. There is no further information about this person.

Bibliography:
JACINTO, Rui, ?Os pilotos portugueses na época da expedição cabralina? in Descobridores do Brasil. Exploradores do Atlântico e Construtores do Estado da Índia, João Paulo Oliveira e Costa (coord.), Lisboa, Sociedade Histórica da Independência de Portugal, 2000, pp. 411-420.

Author: Teresa Lacerda
Translated by: Ana Pereira


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