Pedro Álvares Cabral

The Portuguese Explorer

Background Information

  • had 6 kids
  • Married to Isabel de Castro in 1503
  • Died at the age of 53 years old


  • He discovered Brazil
  • Became a fleet leader for the kingdom of Portugal
  • Discovered Brazil, South America, and Jamaica.

Impact On Today

  • Made Brazil the only Latin American country to speak Portuguese, instead of Spanish.
  • Made Portuguese trading posts in India after discovering Brazil.

Interesting Facts

  • Led the second Portuguese exploration to India.
  • Buried in a monastery in Santarem
  • Attacked Calicut with 10 stolen Arab ships.


Works Cited

Anderson, Dale. Explorers and Exploration. 2nd ed. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2005. Print. Explorers and Exploration 2.

"Cabral, Pedro Alvares." Info Please. HighBeam Research, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. <>.

"Pedro Álvares Cabral." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. N. pag. Biography in Context. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. <>.