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. Henry is also known as an architect of the Atlantic slave trade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Prince Henry the Navigator has received more than 1,336,230 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Prince Henry the Navigator is the 16th most popular explorer (down from 14th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Portugal and the 4th most popular 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 16 out of 405Before him are Hernán Cortés, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Abel Tasman, and David Livingstone. After him are Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, Xuanzang, Jacques Cousteau, Pedro Álvares Cabral, 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, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Antonio Beccadelli. Among people deceased in 1460, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 1After him are Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York, Pachacuti, James II of Scotland, Gilles Binchois, John IV of Trebizond, Albert III, Duke of Bavaria, Guarino da Verona, Michael Szilágyi, Ma Huan, Petr Chelčický, and Gonçalo Velho Cabral.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 6 out of 555Before 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), António Guterres (1949), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), and Pope Damasus I (305).

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), Diogo Dias (1450), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), and Tristão da Cunha (1460).