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CABRAL, Pedro Alvarez de, principal discoverer of Brazil, born in Portugal; died about 1526 King Emanuel having fitted out an expedition to Calicut of thirteen ships, Cabral was appointed commander-in-chief. After passing the Canaries he took a westerly course, and discovered Brazil, of which, 24 April, 1500, he took possession in the name of his king, and left a small garrison there. He then sailed for India, losing half his fleet in a tempest, landed at Calicut, and succeeded, after negotiating with the Indian princes, in establishing a factory there. Several other expeditions added to his reputation as a navigator.
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