Christopher Columbus

Did you know...that Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Madeira for the first time in 1478, entrusted with the task of buying 2,400 arrobas of sugar?
Since the discovery of the archipelago there have been various different economic cycles in Madeira, with the 'Sugar Cycle' perhaps being one of the most significant for the amount of trade it attracted in search of the coveted 'white gold'.

It was a highly prized and valuable product in big European cities, and its production caught the attention of many European traders, including the patron of young Christopher Columbus.

At the time the commercial port of Funchal was the cosmopolitan capital of a developing world, where traders and adventurers from all sorts of nationalities shared their knowledge and wares. It was here perhaps that Christopher Columbus found inspiration for his future voyages.
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