Prince Henry the Navigator

1394 - 1460

Prince Henry the Navigator

Infante 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. Henry was the fourth child of the Portuguese king John I, who founded the House of Aviz.After procuring the new caravel ship, Henry was responsible for the early development of Portuguese exploration and maritime trade with other continents through the systematic exploration of Western Africa, the islands of the Atlantic Ocean, and the search for new routes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Prince Henry the Navigator has received more than 905,082 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 15th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 15 out of 367Before him are Ibn Battuta, Bartolomeu Dias, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, and Fridtjof Nansen. After him are Jacques Cartier, Leif Erikson, David Livingstone, Jacques Cousteau, Abel Tasman, and Xuanzang.

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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, Cymburgis of Masovia, Ikkyū, Philippa of England, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Antonio Beccadelli. Among people deceased in 1460, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 1After him are Pachacuti, James II of Scotland, Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York, Gilles Binchois, John IV of Trebizond, Albert III, Duke of Bavaria, Guarino da Verona, Ma Huan, Gonçalo Velho Cabral, Petr Chelčický, and Niccolò Antonio Colantonio.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 6 out of 370Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480), Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), and António de Oliveira Salazar (1889). After him are José Saramago (1922), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), António Guterres (1949), 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), Diego Columbus (1479), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), Tristão da Cunha (1460), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), and Diogo Dias (1450).

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