Henry "The Navigator"

By:Nate Berry

Background

1.Prince Henry was the third son of King John I (João I) of Portugal and his English wife, Philippa of Lancaster.

2. In 1419, his father appointed Prince Henry the governor of the province of Algarve (on Portugal's southern coast).

3.Prince Henry died in 1460, the year that this expedition returned.

Achievements/Discoveries

1.In 1446 a 14-year-old page from the court of Prince Henry the Navigator was sent as purser on a caravel to explore the African coast.

2.Prince Henry sent 14 expeditions to west Africa for 12 years, trying to go farther than Cape Bojador. Prince Henry convinced Gil Eannes to try, and Eannes succeeded in 1434.

3.About 1418, Prince Henry started the first school for oceanic navigation along with an astronomical observatory at Sagres, Portugal.

Impact on the World Today OR Impact on the World Then

1.Prince Henry the Navigator was a Portuguese explorer, soldier and prince. Although Prince Henry rarely participated in explorations, he sent many expeditions from Portugal to the west coast of Africa, and was responsible for Portugal’s influence in the Great Age of Exploration. Because of Prince Henry, Portuguese explorers were the first to sail to Africa’s Gambia River.

2.Henry the Navigator’s greatest contribution was the establishment of a government-sponsored institute at Sagres, which maintained a school, an observatory, and a base for exploratory ventures at nearby Lagos

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