Infante D. Henrique

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Henry the Navigator (Portuguese pronunciation: ẽˈʁik(ɨ); Portuguese: Henrique o Navegador Porto, 4 March 1394 – 13 November 1460 in Sagres) was an infante (prince) of the Kingdom of Portugal and an important figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire, being responsible for the beginning of the European worldwide explorations. Henry the Navigator was the third child of King John I of Portugal, the founder of the Aviz dynasty, and of Philippa of Lancaster, the daughter of John of Gaunt. Henry encouraged his father to conquer Ceuta (1415), the Muslim port on the North African coast across the Straits of Gibraltar from the Iberian peninsula, with profound consequences on Henry's worldview: Henry became aware of the profit possibilities in the Saharan trade routes that terminated there and became fascinated with Africa in general; he was most intrigued by the Christian legend of Prester John and the expansion of Portuguese trade.It is a common conception that Henry gathered at his Vila on the Sagres peninsula a school of navigators and map-makers. He did employ some cartographers to help him chart the coast of Mauritania in the wake of voyages he sent there, but for the rest there was no center of navigational science or any supposed observatory in the modern sense of the word, nor was there an organized navigational center. In “Crónica da Guiné” Henry is described as a person with no luxuries, not avaricious, speaking with soft words and calm gestures, a man of many virtues that never allowed any poor person leave his presence empty handed.

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2. Nuno Álvares Pereir 4787
3. Vasco da Gama 4779
4. Sousa Mendes 4767
5. D. João II 4757
6. Infante D. Henrique 4747
7. Álvaro Cunhal 4737
8. António Salazar 4337
9. Marquês de Pombal 3937
10. Duarte III 3839

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149. Nuno Álvares Pereir 4787
150. Vasco da Gama 4779
151. Sousa Mendes 4767
152. D. João II 4757
153. Infante D. Henrique 4747
154. Álvaro Cunhal 4737
155. Lenin 4725
156. Chandra Bose 4704
157. Massoud Barzani 4638

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