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Emanuel, called "The Great" (reigned 1495-1521), King of Portugal. His reign is spoken of as the "Golden Age of Portugal," for during it were reaped the fruits of the discoveries of Vasco da Gama, Cabral, and Amerigo Vespucci, Albuquerque's discovery of a passage to the East Indies; and the acquisition of Goa, the Brazils, and the Moluccas. The commerce of Portugal, too, reached its highest prosperity, the evil effects of Emanuel's expulsion of the Moors and Jews from his dominions not yet being felt. The king was a patron of learning, and wrote memoie-s on the Indies.