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Prince Henry the Navigator and the Highways of the Sea
Prince Henry the Navigator and the Highways of the Sea Author:Thomas Caldecot Chubb A sea route to the fabulous East! That dream was as tantalizing as it was elusive at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Then the sea was for men what space is for us today-vast, uncharted, and unknown. Yet by the end of the century Vasco da Gama had rounded Africa and sailed to India. He had done so because a single man, in one century, ha... more »d revolutionized navigation and begun a tradion of exploration that continues to the present. That man was Prince Henry of Portugal. From his famous Vila do Infante, a meeting place for scholars and scientists, mapmakers, master mariners, and adventurers, Henry sent ship after ship down the African coast. With the newest charts, best instruments, and finest ships available, they sailed to the Canaries, past Cape Bojador, to the Rio de Oro and the Senegal, past Cape Verde, and ultimately beyond the Gambia River. Their return voyages brought Henry tales of the flora, fauna, and peoples of Africa. They also brought the information that enabled Henry to chart the waters of the West African coast and enlarge the map of the unknown world. Henry's captains did not reach India in his lifetime. But the men who sailed after Henry's death to open new highways of the sea sailed with his legacy.
Mr. Chubb has painted Henry's portrait against the rich tapestry of fifteenth-centry Europe, and his book conveys the color and flavor of the Renaissance world in its first contact with the West African coast.« less