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The "global village" short before the collapse.

The Begin
But which milestone marks its begin, the end of the separation of Old and New World? 1419, 1431 or 1432?

The Madeira Islands were accidentally found by Prince Henry's seaman Joao Goncalves Zarco in 1419.

In 1431, Prince Henry gave his able seaman and knight Gonçalo Velho Cabral unprecedented orders: "to sail towards the setting sun until he came to an island."

Cabral did find the only series of volcanic rocks protruding out from under the water in the entire Atlantic, which he named "formigas" or ants.
He was just 25 miles from these mountains, rising to almost 1000 meters. Yet he missed them because it was a day of poor visibility.

One year later Cabral returned and this time he didn't miss the promised land.

1563 - The Collapse and Burial of the Peaks of the New World - a tale by Gaspar Frutuoso

The peaks of these mountains collapsed.
They melted and some were buried below these waters. The lava expelled was blown miles away, building mile long floating pumice islands.

Collapse and Burial of the New World - Two Tales by Gaspar Frutuoso

Frutuoso's inspiration was the only account of a Plinian eruption until 1563, Mount Vesuvius, in 79 AD.
He admitted not being on the island as his story supposedly took place. Two years later he settled in Ribeira Grande, 7 km to the north.

Frutuoso's masterpiece is "1522 - The Collapse and Burial of the Capital of the New World", Vila Franca do Campo.
Like the rest of his tales, they became part of official History, although unsupported (in fact contradicted) by any geological or archaeological evidence.

Gaspar Frutuoso - a fantastic story teller but also a prophet
Did Gaspar Frutuoso ever imagine how rapidly his terror tales would turn into reality?

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