Portugal's involvment in Africa

  • Nov 5, 1415

    Capture of Ceuta

    The capture of Ceuta in 1415 meant, however, that Portuguese settlers were exposed to a larger number of stories about the interior of Africa.
  • Nov 5, 1434

    Gill Eanes

    Gil Eanes traveled beyond Cape Bojador and returned to Portugal, eliminating in one broad stroke many of the myths and legends about the "Sea of Darkness".
  • Nov 5, 1445

    Prince Henry Exploration of Africa

    Prince Henry intensified exploration of Africa, sent between 30 and 40 of his ships on missions. Last voyage sponsored by Prince Henry sailed over 1,500 miles down the African coast.
  • Nov 5, 1482

    King John and the voyages

    King João II sent out Diogo Cão on the first of two voyages. He discovered that the African continent turned south and ran for thousands more kilometres before eventually turning.
  • Nov 5, 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias Cape of Good Hope

    Bartolomeu Dias continued this exploration by rounding the southern extremity of the African continent in 1488, naming it the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Nov 5, 1498

    Vasco Da Gama Leader

    appointed Vasco da Gama as the leader of the expedition that would discover the route to the Indian Ocean that rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1498. This new route marked the beginning of a new era of direct contact between Europe and Asia.