High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Pedro Álvares Cabral was a Portuguese navigator and explorer. Cabral is generally regarded as the European discoverer of Brazil. Cabral is believed to have been born in Belmonte, in Portugal's Beira Baixa province. He was the third son of Fernão Cabral (c. 1427-c. 1492), the governor of Beira and Belmonte, and his wife Isabel de Gouveia de Queirós (c. 1433-c. 1483, a descendant of the first King of Portugal, Afonso I), and husband of Isabel de Castro, daughter of Fernão de Noronha (also descendant of King Afonso I). Cabral presumably had training in navigation and experience as a seaman, since King Manuel I of Portugal chose him to continue the work of Vasco da Gama.