Tuesday, 13 December 2011

My Exploration Time.

In May 1513, I sailed under the Portuguese Malacca. I was accompanied by two others mariners. I made my first contact on Asian soil in Guangdong, Southern China in May 1513. When I landed, I raised a Padrão from the king of Portugal, where they landed on Lintin Island in the Pearl River estuary. Based on information from their captain, they were to hope to find trade. Soon after this, Afonso de Albuquerque. the Viceroy of the Estado da India dispatched Rafael Perestrello—a cousin of Christopher Columbus—to seek trade relations with the Chinese. In a ship from Malacca, Rafael landed on the southern shores of Guangdong later that year in 1513, being the first to actually land on the coast of mainland China. I then, later on joined the venture of establishing the settlements in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong around 1513 to 1514. This visit was followed by the establishment of a number of Portuguese trading centres in the area, which were eventually consolidated in Macau. In 1517 the Portuguese settlers were in a battle with Imperial Chinese army troops in the region.
I arrived in China. The Portuguese set up a trade monopoly in China in 1557. Since the Chinese were forbidden from trading with Japan, the Portuguese served as middlemen, trading pepper from Malacca, silks form China and silver from Japan. When I was sailing, ther wheater was not good, it was storming. which was hard for my two mariners and me to sail.

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