Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn March 4, 1394, Prince Henry, Duke of Viseu, better known as Henry the Navigator, was born in Portu, Portugal. Henry earned his title despite not venturing on many expeditions himself.Henry supported Portuguese exploration across the Atlantic Ocean, colonizing island groups such as the Azores and Madeira. He also supported expeditions along the northwest coast of Africa. Using small, maneuverable ships called caravels, Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to reach Cap-Vert, in what is today Senegal. Cap-Vert is the most western point in Africa.Henry the Navigator supported exploration for financial and religious reasons. Finding a sea route to the lucrative slave and gold markets of sub-Saharan Africa allowed Portuguese traders to bypass the Arabic trading networks of North Africa. These networks were run by Muslims. Henry was a strong Catholic, so the trade route allowed him to avoid religious confrontation.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry avoid Verb
to stay away from something.
to go around or skip.
light, two- or three-masted sailing ship.
having to do with the Christian denomination with the Pope as its leader.
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: coast confront Verb
to address a problem or person directly.
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: continent discover Verb
to learn or understand something for the first time.
tools and materials to perform a task or function.
journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.
study and investigation of unknown places, concepts, or issues.
person who studies unknown areas.
having to do with money.
profitable or money-making.
a skillful movement.
central place for the sale of goods.
having to do with Islam, the religion based on the words and philosophy of the prophet Mohammed.
person who charts a course or path.
series of links along which movement or communication can take place.
person who supports an artist, artistic endeavor, or institution.
person who is owned by another person or group of people.
sub-Saharan Africa Noun
geographic region located south of the Sahara Desert in Africa.
trade route Noun
path followed by merchants or explorers to exchange goods and services.
to take a risky or dangerous opportunity.