Portuguese discover Madeira, settle and cultivate the island

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Historical Context Note

João Gonçalves Zarco was a Portuguese explorer who discovered the islands. Forests were burned and the cultivation of grapes and sugar-cane were introduced with the sponsorship of Prince Henry the Navigator.

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Editors. "Portuguese discover Madeira, settle and cultivate the island". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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