Prince Henry the Navigator
By Justin Sullivan
Prince Henry the Navigator was a Portuguese explorer, but Prince Henry never explored anything. Prince Henry was more a patron, (a person who gives financial support to another person or cause) yet he planned most of the explorations. Prince Henry spent most of his life as a patron so people could go from Portugal to the west coast of Africa to collect riches, spices, and other things. Prince Henry wanted to explore after his father John l battled in the west coast of Africa.
Prince Henry’s School
In about 1418 Prince Henry the Navigator opened a school of navigation. This school was what got Prince Henry his nickname, and this school helped many people into becoming better explorers. The way this school helped people become better explorers was by teaching them better navigating skills. They hired scientists to teach astrolabe, (an instrument used in navigation to tell how north or south they are from the equator as they sailed.) mapmakers to teach people about maps and how to make and use them, and others to teach what they knew about navigation. After a short time this school produced many explorers, Prince Henry sent explorers on trips to different places to give them test to write everything they saw in a chart and bring it back.
Prince Henry’s Background
How Navigation Has Changed
In this article I tried to explain everything I knew about Prince Henry the Navigator,and I think I have reached that goal. While reading this I hope you now know more about this explorer, and I hope you can find this useful information. All the paragraphs written explain a lot about Prince Henry’s most important things. I want you to use this as a learning experience.I hope you enjoyed reading this article.