Prince Henry the Navigator

1394 - 1460

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Dom Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu (4 March 1394 – 13 November 1460), better known as Prince Henry the Navigator (Portuguese: Infante Dom Henrique, o Navegador), was a central figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire and in the 15th-century European maritime discoveries and maritime expansion. Through his administrative direction, he is regarded as the main initiator of what would be known as the Age of Discovery. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Prince Henry the Navigator has received more than 1,740,026 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Prince Henry the Navigator is the 14th most popular explorer (up from 16th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Portugal (down from 6th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Portuguese Explorer.

Prince Henry the Navigator was a Portuguese prince who was the son of King John I of Portugal and Philippa of Lancaster. He is best known for his sponsorship of the Portuguese explorations along the West African coast and for the discovery of the Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde.

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Among explorers, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 14 out of 498Before him are Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, Francis Drake, and Francisco Pizarro. After him are Abel Tasman, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Xuanzang, Fridtjof Nansen, Juan Sebastián Elcano, and Jacques Cartier.

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Among people born in 1394, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 2Before him is Johannes Gutenberg. After him are Ulugh Beg, Charles, Duke of Orléans, James I of Scotland, Philippa of England, Cymburgis of Masovia, Ikkyū, Basil Valentine, Sidi Boushaki, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Antonio Beccadelli. Among people deceased in 1460, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 1After him are Pachacuti, Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York, James II of Scotland, Gilles Binchois, John IV of Trebizond, Albert III, Duke of Bavaria, Guarino da Verona, Michael Szilágyi, Ma Huan, Niccolò Antonio Colantonio, and Petr Chelčický.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 9 out of 633Before him are Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Cristiano Ronaldo (1985), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), and António Guterres (1949). After him are Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Luís de Camões (1524), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), José Mourinho (1963), and Afonso I of Portugal (1109).

Among EXPLORERS In Portugal

Among explorers born in Portugal, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 4Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480), Vasco da Gama (1460), and Bartolomeu Dias (1450). After him are Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Diogo Cão (1440), Diogo Dias (1450), Diego Columbus (1479), Tristão da Cunha (1460), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).