Ruins of a Fortress at GAIBU BEACH, Cabo de Santo Agostinho (PE)
More than five hundred years ago, according to a number of historical sources, a Spanish expedition commanded by Vicente Yáñez Pinzón arrived at Cabo de Santo Agostinho, on January 26, 1500. Because of the Treaty of Tordesilhas, which divided the then recently discovered American continent into a Spanish and a Portuguese part, Pinzón did not claim the newly discovered land for Spain; he was on presumed Portuguese territory. Only a few months later, on April 21, Pedro Álvares Cabral landed near Porto Seguro and claimed the land for Portugal.
Not only the Spaniards and the Portuguese were interested in Brazil, but also powerful nations as England, France and Holland. The Dutch have possessed the northeast of Brazil for about 25 years. In order to defend their colony against hostile invaders, the Portuguese constructed a number of fortresses and batteries, at strategic locations. Among then Forte São Francisco Xavier de Gaibu, constructed in 1630.
At present, the ruins may be visited near Gaibu Beach, one of the three well-known paradisaical beaches in Cabo de Santo Agostinho
The original picture was taken in January 2009.
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