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João de Santarém

João de Santarém Portuguese explorer

Portuguese explorer
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Intro Portuguese explorer
A.K.A. Joao de Santarem
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From Portugal
Gender male
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João de Santarém (15th century) was a Portuguese explorer who discovered São Tomé (in December 21, 1471), Annobón (in January 1472) and Príncipe (January 17, 1472) together with Pêro Escobar, he also encountered the town of Sassandra in the Ivory Coast in 1471 and in 1472 explored the African land from Ghana up to the Niger Delta. From 1484 he was captain of Alcatrazes (around Santiago or Brava) in Cape Verde.

In January 1471, João de Santarém and Pêro de Escobar discovered "the traffic of gold at the place we now call Mina."

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