Kirk and I, along with our friends, Russ and Judy, took a bus to Belem to check out the Martitime Museum. I have to admit that I probably squeeked through history in school, but I find that I wish I had paid better attention now. The scope of influence the Portuguese had in the age of exploration was amazing – far reaching. I remember the names Magellan and DaGama, but I didn’t know they were Portuguese. There was also Bartolomeu Dias who led the first expedition around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, and Pedro Alvares Cabral who discovered Brazil.