Tristão Vaz Teixeira
Tristão Vaz Teixeira's Coat of
(c. 1395 – 1480) was a
Portuguese navigator and explorer who, together with João Gonçalves Zarco and
discovered the Madeira
His true name was just
, the name Teixeira being later added
because of his wife Branca Teixeira.
Nobleman of Prince Henry the
's House, he was granted, as hereditary fief (Capitania
), half the island of Madeira and,
together with his fellow fleet commanders, started the colonization
of the islands.