The history of Portugal is full of epic journeys, grandiose events, conquests and reconquests, invasions, wars, revolutions, and battles fought by brave men who, on land or at sea, displayed the bravery of the Portuguese blood that ran through their veins, in unprecedented ways.
Of the many narratives of the history of Portugal, the age of the Discoveries was undoubtedly the heyday. Luis de Camões portrays it sublimely in "Os Lusíadas" and Fernando Pessoa wonderfully exalts it in the forty-four poems that make up "A Mensagem", two of the most important (if not the most relevant) Portuguese literary works of all time.
Adding innovation to an excellent product and generating the ability to fall in love with our language and to learn about the history of Portugal is precisely Comur's objective. It always has been. That is why Comur's canned goods are ambassadors and messengers of our history as a people and travel the world as if having an enormous sense of pride in being Portuguese, as diplomats in their own right.
This diplomacy is evidenced in the tin cans made by Comur, where the great figures of the Discoveries stand out like a living pantheon of the illustrious individuals who wrote the history of the Portuguese sea. The tin can of mussels evokes the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500; the tuna highlights the Portuguese who arrived in Japan in 1543, the first Westerners to land there; the trout hands over the stage to Afonso de Albuquerque who arrived at the Red Sea in 1513, leading the first European fleet to sail in those waters; the meagre extolls the arrival of Diogo de Silves to the Azores in 1427; and the salmon highlights Vasco da Gama's arrival in Mozambique following his trip to India. And every other fish variety made by Comur – and there are lots of them! – highlights a notable Portuguese person from the golden age of the Discoveries – also so many!
Portugal already has almost 900 years of history, a long narrative with a lot to tell and where there is always an epic detail to discover. It is the splendour of that epic – the Discoveries – and in an ode to Fernando Pessoa's Portuguese sea odyssey that Comur humbly honours history in its tin cans, depicting on each one a glorious feat and proudly displaying an illustration where there is room for the Prince, the anonymous sailors, the caravel, the shield, the giant Adamastor, the marker, the astrolabe, the nautical chart, the compass rose... Where a whole brave nation fits: Portugal.