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 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 1,149,144 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Prince Henry the Navigator is the 14th most popular explorer (up from 15th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Portugal 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 405Before him are James Cook, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, Zheng He, Francis Drake, and Francisco Pizarro. After him are Jacques Cartier, Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, David Livingstone, Jacques Cousteau, 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, Philippa of England, Ikkyū, 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, Ma Huan, Michael Szilágyi, Gonçalo Velho Cabral, and Niccolò Antonio Colantonio.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Prince Henry the Navigator ranks 6 out of 479Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480), Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), and José Saramago (1922). After him are António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), António Guterres (1949), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), 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), Diogo Dias (1450), Tristão da Cunha (1460), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).