Pero Vaz de Caminha, the first historical chronicler of Brazil, was more a storyteller than a writer.
Born in the city of Porto, he took part in Cabral's expedition because he had been given the post of treasurer for a commercial venture Portugal wanted to set up in India.
In a letter to King Dom Manuel he recounted the details of the expedition and described the land of Vera Cruz (a name that Cabral gave to Brazil). It is one of the most important historical documents of the great voyages.
Caminha gave an exact description of the Indians that lived along the coast of Bahia at that time and described the natural riches of the region.