Sobre o livro
Funchal, was the first city instituted by the Portuguese Crown in the vast domains of the Portuguese Empire during the Portuguese Discoveries. In the 16th century Funchal was established to meet the developments achieved through the blossoming sugar cane industry and had the short term objective of reorganising the territory discovered by the Portuguese. The city, settled in the 15th century, was seen as a cosmopolitan centre with many foreign communities, being also a port of call for fleets heading towards the South Atlantic. As the first experience in colonising uninhabited lands in the Atlantic, Funchal became a sort of model for Portuguese expansion. Within a short period of time, Funchal and its harbour emerged as the cosmopolitan and international gateway from Europe to the New World. This work by the acclaimed Portuguese historian Rui Carita considers five centuries of history of the city of Funchal and is the first university work translated into English.