The sea route east by south to Cathay. Henry the Navigator, prince of Portugal, initiated the first great enterprise of the Age of Discovery—the search for a sea route east by south to Cathay. His motives were mixed.
In which direction did the Portuguese typically sail?
The Iberian peninsula was geographically well placed for European overseas expansion in general, and Portugal was well situated for sailing down the West African coast because that is the direction of the prevailing winds that blow down the West African coast, toward islands in the Atlantic, and eventually across to …
Why did the Portuguese want to find a way to the east by ship?
Why did both Spain and Portugal want to find a sea route to Asia? Spain and Portugal wanted to find a sea route to Asia because Portugal did not share trade routes with Asia and Europe (no Meditteranean Ports), Spain wanted to Spread Christianity, and both countries wanted to find more trade.
What did the Portuguese discover?
Portuguese expansion into the Atlantic began with the discovery of the Canary Islands in 1341. These are shown on the map off the west coast of North Africa. They are labeled Insule Canarie. Portugal then began a programme of systematic exploration under Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460).
What were the three main aims of the Portuguese traders?
The main goal of Portuguese empire was trade , not colonisation or conquest .
Which product did Portuguese explorers bring back from Africa to Europe?
He returned to Portugal in June 1501. Portugal’s explorers changed Europeans’ understanding of the world in several ways. They explored the coasts of Africa and brought back gold and enslaved Africans. They also found a sea route to India.
What things did Portuguese take back to Europe?
Calico: When the Portuguese first came to India in search of spices, they landed in Calicut on the Kerala coast in South-West India. The cotton textiles which they took back to Europe, along with the spices, came to be called “Calico” which was derived from Calicut.
Why were the Portuguese so successful in their explorations?
Portuguese colonies benefitted most from trade primarily because it seemed “to be its greater focus”;, more about commercial networking and less about their desire for cultural impression on ‘native’ society.