The first sets of slaves are brought over from Africa
including “Guachos” from the Canary Islands. They are tasked to the rugged and
difficult work of building the terraces and retaining stone walls. They also
start building the water canals for irrigation that would eventually give rise
to a vast network of “
Levadas” in Madeira.
Christopher Columbus visits the archipelago to buy sugar. He
marries Filipa Moniz, daughter of the first governor of Porto Santo Bartolomeu Perestrelo.
He finds flotsam of various plants of foreign origin on the beach of Porto
Santo to inculcate the theory of other lands or islands even further west from
the archipelago. This way is hatched his plans for the future discovery of the