Introduction of Funchal
City, capital of Portugal’s Madeira Island s, on the SE coast of Madeira, approximately 650 mi SW of Lisbon. It was founded in 1421 by Madeira’s discoverer, Joao Goncalves Zarco, who is buried here. Funchal was held by the British during the Napoleonic Wars. The Madeiras’ industrial and commercial center and a popular resort since the 19th century, thanks to improvements begun in the 1960s, Funchal has become increasingly important as a port of call.