Obituary

This weeks obituaries of the Age of Discovery Figures.

Prince Henry, Aged 66

Yesterday, the Prince, Prince Henry passed away. He passed away on November 13, 1460 in Sagres, Portugal. Henry led a great life, after he was born on March 4, 1394. He helped to sponsor exploration in Portugal. First, Henry and his followers claimed the Madeira and Azores islands. During his explorations, Henry believed that The source of the riches claimed by the Muslim traders were in Africa. His life goal before he died was to find an easier way to reach Asia, which meant that he had to go around Africa. He did many things that we can all remember Henry by, like in Sagres when he gathered scientists to redesign ships, to prepare maps, and to train captains and crews for long voyages. Unfortunately, Henry died on November 13, 1460 in Sagres, Portugal. Even though he didn't get to fully finish his journey, Bartholomeu Dias rounded the southern tip of Africa in 1488, which fulfilled the dream of Prince Henry.

Christopher Columbus, Aged 55

Christopher Columbus, born on October 31, 1451 in Valladolid, Spain, peacefully passed away on May 20, 1506. Christopher was an Italian navigator from Genoa. His life goal was to reach the East Indies by sailing west across the Atlantic. To do this, Columbus had to persuade Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain to finance his voyage. After he did, Columbus and his crew set sail on August 3, 1492 for the most eventful journey of their lives. Unfortunately, he and his crew underestimated the Earth's size and instead of reaching the East Indies, Columbus and his crew reached the Americas. Even though Christopher Columbus did not compete his true goal, he still left a legacy that will remain on Earth forever.

Ferdinand Magellan, Aged 41

Ferdinand Magellan was born around the year of 1480. As a little boy, Magellan studied navigation and mapmaking. In his 20's, he was sailing large ships and was engaged in combat. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships to find a way to to reach the Pacific. Through horrible storms and inclement weather, he survived. He was a very intelligent man that, in November 1520, founded the Strait of Magellan, which is at the southern tip of South America. He, too, underestimated the size of Pacific and reached the Philippines where he was killed. He died on April 27, 1521 in Porto, Portugal. Even though his death impacted the crew, they carried out the voyage for him and finally reached the Spice Islands.