João Cabral was a Portuguese
Jesuit missionary, who, along with
Estêvão Cacella, were the first Europeans to enter
1627. The following year he became the first European to visit
Nepal and the Sikkim region of India.
Cabral was born in Celorico da Beira, Portugal, in 1599. In 1615 he
joined the Society of Jesus, and in September 5, 1626 he left for the
Tibetan planes in the hopes of finding the mythic Kingdom of Shambala
and spreading the Christian faith. After failing both his plans, he
returned to India and continued his missionary career in Malaka, Macau
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