A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
236: Green caviar
On the way to Recife, capital of Pernambuco state, one day was spent on the beaches of Gaibu and Calhetas. These beaches are located in the municipality of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, one of the alleged locations where the first European landing might have taken place. Gaibu Beach is almost completely surrounded by a barrier of coral reefs, making the crystal clear water rather calm and fairly shallow. It is not uncommon to see dolphins there. And sure enough, we saw a dolphin playfully frolicking that day. What we also saw – on the beach – was something that looked like small green grapes. Very tempting to eat them. They even appear to be edible, as they are called sea grapes or green caviar.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2009, 2016
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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