Sunday, May 24, 2009

Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

Angra, or Angra do Heroísmo, is a city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores.
Angra is also the archepelago's oldest city, possibly dating as early as 1534. Some claim that Angra was founded by Álvaro Martins, who sailed with Didrik Pining on his expedition to the New World, and with Bartolomeu Dias on his voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. Others contend that Angra was founded in 1450 or 1451 by Jácome de Bruges, a Fleming in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator, who recruited farmers, fishermen, and merchants in the Low Countries to colonize the Azores.


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