The bravery and courage of the Portuguese was marked by the Portuguese maritime discoveries.
It was between 1415 and 1543 that this small country of brave sailors rushed to weather the seas in search of new commercial alternatives to those offered by the Mediterranean trade routes.
The conquests included Ceuta, the discovery of the sea route to India in 1498, the discovery of Brazil in 1500 and reaching China and Japan in 1513 and 1543.
At this time, Portugal was one of the most important nations, with responsibility over most of the trade routes between the East and Europe as well as North Africa.
These discoveries led to great advances in technology and nautical science and were behind a very interesting Portuguese legacy in various parts of the world. For example, tempura, very typical of Japanese cuisine, was one of the legacies left behind by the Portuguese in these distant lands.