Portugal, the western-most European country, was one of the primary players in the European Age of Discovery and Exploration. Under the leadership of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal took the principal role during most of the fifteenth century in searching for a route to Asia by sailing south around Africa.
Who founded Portugal and when?
Portugal emerged as a country in 1143, after a 15 year rebellion by Dom Afonso Henriques (Afonso I).
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).
Why had no one explored past Cape bojador?
In Henry’s first few missions nobody would dare to go past Cape Bojador. This was because the sailors were afraid the waters beyond the coastline, about five kilometers out, were only two meters deep and the currents were so strong they would take the ship away.
Where do celebs stay in Portugal?
The This Morning presenter is on holiday with her family at the Quinta do Lago resort in the Algarve, Portugal – and a growing number of celebrities are also staying there too.