Henry the Navigator

This 3-part 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.


Henry the Navigator – Part 1

In part 1 of our series on Prince Henry, we look at his early life, including his victory at Ceuta, and the discoveries of the Madeira Islands and the Azores – as well as his support for exploration in Africa and the Atlantic.

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Henry the Navigator – Part 2

Henry’s captains push past the legendary Cape Bojador – reaching the Senegal River – the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Also, Henry and the Portuguese make a risky play to capture the port of Algiers.

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Henry the Navigator – Part 3

In the final chapter in the story of Henry the Navigator, we look at the continuing explorations and discoveries of the prince’s captains, discuss the development of the caravel, and talk about the legacy of Henry.

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Iberian Kingdoms circa 1400 (source)
Volta do Mar – Source


Wikipedia sources