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Dukes of Viseu: Henry the Navigator, Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu, Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu

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Published June 21st 2010
ISBN : 9781158373864
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26 pages
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Chapters: Henry the Navigator, Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu, Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 25. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you canMoreChapters: Henry the Navigator, Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu, Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 25. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Henry the Navigator (Portuguese pronunciation: Portuguese: 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. 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 Henrys 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. It is a common conception that Henry gathered at his Vila on the Sagres peninsula a school of navigators and map-makers. He did employ some cartographers to help him chart the coast of Mauritania in the wake of voyages he sent there, but for the rest there was no center of navigational science or any supposed observatory in the modern sense of the word, nor was there an organized navigational center. In Cronica da Guine Henry is described as a person with no luxuries, not avaricious, speaking with soft words and calm gestures, a man of many virtues that never allowed any poor person leave his presence empty handed. Henry was born in 1394 in Porto, probably when the royal couple was being housed in the old mint of the city, nowadays call...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=14092