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Before Prince Henry the Navigator's eyes ... | by BlueDjinn
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Before Prince Henry the Navigator's eyes ...

... a sailing regatta in Belém, Lisbon (Portugal)


This is a part of the Monument to the Discoveries, "erected in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator and to celebrate the navigators of the XVth century. The giant statues represent all those who participated in the glorious Age of Discoveries." You can see the full monument here :


"Prince Henry the Navigator (Infante Dom Henrique), born in 1394, was the son of King João of Portugal and his English wife, Queen Philippa of Lancaster. He sponsored expeditions of discovery in the Atlantic Ocean, down the western coast of Africa. His goal was to find a route to the rich spice trade of the Indies and to explore the west coast of Africa. The ships that sailed the Mediterranean were too slow and too heavy to make these voyages. Under his direction, a new and lighter ship was developed, the caravel, which would allow sea captains to sail further and faster. Although he never sailed on the expeditions, the voyages that he paid for in the mid-1400s helped launch Portugal into the front of the race to find a sea route to the Indies."


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Taken on February 3, 2007