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Henry the Navigator


Henry the Navigator
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Copyright: Iwona Trapczynska (Iwon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 99] (8183)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-13
Categories: Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-01 1:23
Viewed: 1871
Points: 0
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Henry the Navigator (Portuguese pronunciation: [ẽˈʁik(ɨ)]; Portuguese: Henrique o Navegador Porto, 4 March 1394 13 November 1460) was an infante (prince) of the Kingdom of Portugal and an important figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire, being responsible for the beginning of the European worldwide explorations and maritime trade.

Henry the Navigator was the third child of King John I of Portugal, the founder of the Aviz dynasty, and of Philippa of Lancaster, the daughter of John of Gaunt. Henry encouraged his father to conquer Ceuta (1415), the Muslim port on the North African coast across the Straits of Gibraltar from the Iberian peninsula, with profound consequences on Henry's worldview: Henry became aware of the profit possibilities in the Saharan trade routes that terminated there and became fascinated with Africa in general; he was most intrigued by the Christian legend of Prester John and the expansion of Portuguese trade.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_the_Navigator


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