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jan 1, 1420 - 1420: Portuguese start colonizing Madeira

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Madeira is an island off the Portuguese coast that had an excellent climate for growing sugar, for which there was a great demand at the time. The island had been discovered by Europeans 2 years earlier. The sugar farms on Madeira established practices that were later used on plantations in the New World.

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Date:

jan 1, 1420
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~ 600 years ago
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