Prince Henry The Navigator: Beginning The Age Of Exploration

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Prince Henry the Navigator was the royal prince of Portugal and is commonly credited for starting the Age of Exploration. He was a patron for many explorers. He sent them down the west coast of Africa to create a map of the coast to defeat the Muslims. In 1418 Henry opened up the first school of oceanic navigation. This school also contained an astronomical observatory. This school allowed for people to be trained in map-making, science, and of course navigation. This school and training inspired many people to become explorers looking for new land.

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