April 29, 2013
Dear Friends and Explorers,
King Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama (1460 – 1524) might not be as well known as Ferdinand and Isabel and Christopher Columbus. But surely the Portuguese King and Captain are significant figures in navigation, exploration and conquest during the Age of Discovery.
Like his Spanish counterparts, King Henry of Portugal (1394 – 1460) never set sail anywhere. Instead he sponsored and encouraged his Captains to “discover” new lands and return with boatloads of treasure.