Alvise Cadamosto in the Age of Henry
In the 1450s, Venetian explorer Alvise Cadamosto would conduct two voyages of exploration for Prince Henry the Navigator. These voyages are a representation of the many expeditions dispatched by Henry in his lifetime. On these journeys, Cadamosto would discover the Cape Verde Islands, and expand the map of the west African coast as known to Europe.
Henry the Navigator
This series explores the life and discoveries of Prince Henry of Portugal – more commonly known as Henry the Navigator. While Henry did not actually do any exploring – he was a supporter of maritime exploration and innovation in the 15th century – and one of the most important figures in the Age of Discovery.
Andrés de Urdaneta and the Manila Galleons
In 1565, Andrés de Urdaneta would successfully cross the Pacific Ocean – going from the Far East to New Spain. This would open up a west-to-east trade route between Asia and the Americas. For over 200 years, this route would be plied by the famed Manila Galleons – great ships bringing the treasures of Asia to the west in exchange for the silver of Peru and Mexico.
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