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In the history of the Discoveries, Damião Peres made an effort to elucidate some issues which from an erudite point of view had not been resolved, for example, the date of the discovery of the Azores, the voyages of Diogo Cão and Bartolomeu Dias, and the major failures of Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral and Ferdinand Magellan. He dedicated to these some extremely astute analytical studies with the purpose of clarifying once and for all complex problems of documental interpretation. He was successful in this careful and extremely cautious investigation, which he fine-tuned to enable the students who followed his infrequent courses to understand. In his writings his concern with gathering exhaustive information about each of the problems he dealt with is very noticeable. No chronicle, travel account, map or piece of indirect information remained unanalysed, neither did any reference to authors who had touched on the subjects in question, whether they agreed or disagreed with his theories. All this made the História dos Descobrimentos Portugueses a weighty tome, with no major discussion of any problematical issues and requiring a somewhat fastidious reading. This was totally unlike his classes where his extemporisation (well prepared, certainly) was always brilliant and stimulating. This was how he was continually improving his writings, which he always counted on re-editing.