A nobleman who enjoyed the full support of the Portuguese king, Cabral is credited with discovering Brazil. Portugal claimed this land by the Treaty of Tordesillas.
Editors. "Pedro Alvares Cabral travels to Brazil and then to India". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=9851, accessed 19 May 2013.]