Portuguese Explorers History The Golden Age of Discovery for Portugal was the late 1400's and the 1500's. The Portugal Age of exploration was prompted by Henry the Navigator who was motivated to break the Moorish hold on the African and Asian trade routes.
Portuguese Explorers Timeline The Portuguese Explorers timeline includes details of the monarchs who encouraged and were patrons of the voyages of the Portuguese Explorers:
Portuguese Explorers Timeline
1394 : Henry the Navigator, son of King John I of Portugal, is born 1415 : King John I conquers the city of Ceuta in northern Africa 1419 : Madeira Islands discovered by explorers Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira 1427 : Azores Islands discovered by Portuguese explorer Diogo Silves 1434 : Exploration of the African coast begins 1438 : Afonso V of Portugal becomes king 1444: Discovery and colonisation of the Cape Verde islands 1481 : John II of Portugal becomes king 1484 : Diogo Cao discovers the River Congo 1487 : Bartholomeu Dias leads the expedition around the Cape of Good Hope 1492 : Christopher Columbus discovers the New World, but dies thinking its the Indies 1495 : Manuel I of Portugal becomes king 1498 : Vasco da Gama reaches India through navigation around Africa 1500 : Pedro Alvares Cabral discovers Brazil 1519 : Ferdinand Magellan leads the first voyage around the World 1521 : John III of Portugal becomes king 1542 : Portuguese explorers are the first Europeans to land in Japan 1557 : Sebastian of Portugal becomes king 1569 : Nagasaki, in Japan, is open to Portuguese traders
Portuguese Explorers Timeline
Famous Portuguese Explorers A biography and timeline about the most famous Portuguese Explorers has been developed. The following facts and information chart the voyages, explorations, major accomplishments, key dates and achievements of the most famous Portuguese explorers. For the fulll biography and timeline click the appropriate link:
Famous Portuguese Explorers & their Voyages of Exploration
Portuguese Explorers The Renaissance & Elizabethan Age of Exploration was at first dominated by the brave Portuguese Explorers. The Renaissance saw the success of the Portuguese Explorers in acquiring monopolies on much of the Eastern spice trade and their expeditions to Japan and the New World brought great wealth and power to Portugal. The new discoveries made by the Portuguese Explorers brought untold riches in terms of gold and silver and spices but it also brought power and influence.
The Motives of the Portuguese Explorers The motives of the Portuguese Explorers and their patrons were prompted by:
Wealth - gold, silver and spices
Increasing opportunities for Portuguese trade
Spreading the Catholic Religion
Building a Spanish Empire
The people of Portugal adhered to the Catholic religion. The idea of spreading the Catholic faith to heathen races was seen as a primary reason for the Portuguese Explorers to undertake their voyages of discovery.
Famous Portuguese Explorers have been developed with facts, history and information about the famous Portuguese Explorers. The most famous Portuguese Explorers, or Explorers who were employed by the Spanish, can be accessed via the following links:
Picture of Ferdinand Magellan the Portuguese sea captain who led five Spanish ships and 251 men in the first voyage around the World
Interesting Facts and Information about the Elizabethan Age and Portuguese Explorers of the Elizabethan Age Some interesting facts and information about the Elizabethan Age and Portuguese Explorers of the Elizabethan Age
Famous Portuguese Explorers Additional details, facts and information about the Explorers of the Elizabethan Age in the Elizabethan Age can be accessed via the Elizabethan Era Sitemap.
Portuguese Explorers of the Elizabethan Age
Interesting Facts and information about famous Portuguese Explorers
People and events in the Portuguese Golden Age of Exploration