Tristao Vaz Teixeira (c.1395 - 1480), was, according to Gomes Eanes de Zurara, a squire of the Infante D. Henrique (of Portugal), whom he accompanied to Ceuta and Tangier, where he showed himself to be "a very ardent man", and was then knighted.
Tristão was a nobleman of Prince Henry the Navigator's House, taking part in the conquest of Ceuta. Around 1418, while exploring the coast of Africa, he and João Gonçalves Zarco were taken off course by bad weather and came upon an island which they called Porto Santo (Holy Harbor).
The governance of Madeira was divided between Zarco and Tristão, who were appointed Captain-majors (capitães-donatários) of Funchal and Machico, respectively. Tristão was officially designated to the post on May 11, 1440.
He organized several expeditions to Africa, with caravels of his own.
For abuse of authority, he was banished from his jurisdiction to which he returned pardoned in 1452.
He married his cousin Branca Teixeira
Tristão Vaz took part in further raids and explorations along the coast of Africa throughout his life. He died at Silves (Portugal), at an advanced age.
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Citation: Tristão Vaz Teixeira Birth: 1395 - Machico, Ilha da Madeira, Portugal Death: 1480 - Silves, Algarve, Portugal Parents: Vasco Gonçalves Teixeira, Catarina Gonçalves Teixeira (Sol. Anes De Berredo) Siblings: João Teixeira, Pedro Teixeira, Gonçalo Vaz Teixeira Wife: Branca Vaz, 1º Capitão Donatário De Machico (Sol. Teixeira) Children: Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Henrique Teixeira, Solanda Teixeira, Ana Teixeira, Lançarote Teixeira, O Velho, João Teixeira, Guimar Perestrello ( Ii) (Sol. Teixeira), Branca Vaz Alcoforado (Sol. Teixeira), Catarina Cunha (Sol. Teixeira), Isabel Fernandes De Lordelo (Sol. Teixeira), Martim Teixeira, Tristôa Usadamar (Sol. Teixeira), Leonor Teixeira, Lançarote Teixeira
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