The pioneer Portuguese presence in Asia was responsible for many of the first contacts between Europeans and East countries. The starting point was the first contact on May 20, 1498 after Vasco da Gama's trip to Calicut.
The main Portugal goal in the Indian Ocean was to ensure the monopoly of the spice trade, establishing several fortresses and commercial factories. In the 16th century, Fernão Mendes Pinto writes “Peregrination” where he shares his experience about his travels through the Orient.
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Typical Asian ingredients: Rice, Almonds, Peanuts, hazelnuts, dry Apricots, Gogi berries, and Pistachios | Typical fruits: Lychees and Physalis | Typical drink: Tea
Famous Writer: Kazuo Ishiguro, is a Japanese American writer who was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on November 8 of 1954. When he turned six, he went to live in England. Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017.