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henry the navigator was an important figure in the early days of the portugese empire. He was developing the european xploration and maritime trade with other continents. Henry was the third child.
On 25 May 1420, Henry gained appointment as the governor of the very rich Order of Chris, the Portuguese successor to the Knights Templar, which had its headquarters at Tomar.

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was born 1451 29th of may.The expedition sailed south along the West coast of Africa. Extra
provisions where picked up on the way at the Portuguese fortress of São Jorge de Mina on the Gold Coast.
Dias' ship was São Cristóvão
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Christopher Columbus 1492

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birth unknown
before 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506 his voyages, and his efforts help to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola.
In the context of emerging western imperialism and economic competition between European kingdoms seeking wealth through the establishment of trade routes and colonies.Christopher Columbus had three ships on his first voyage, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Vasco da Gama 1498

1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India in 1469.
his ships were the Sao Gabriel,the Sao Rafael,a store Ship and the Berrio
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Ferdinand Magellan 1520

His voyage turned out to be the first circumnavigation of the world and he traveled across unknown parts of the world and found new routes to the spice islands in
1519 - 1522 on the ships the Trinidad, the San Antonio, the Concepcion, the Victoria and the Santiago.


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