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Indian History began in the late 14th century when everyone was trying to invade India When asked which nation contributed the most to sea exploration in the fifteenth century the obvious answer is Spain What if there were another nation a nation whose contributions were far more than landing one continent What if there was a nation that in only 100 years managed to sail in every ocean every major sea touched every continent except Antarctica and possibly Australia and were the first Europeans to land in China Korea New Guinea the Azores Cape Verde and numerous other places Well there was such a nation and it is Portugal Portugal was the country that lead the greatest expansion of the known world in the history of the world In only one hundred years they managed to be the first Europeans in nearly one half the globe as well as be the first to push south The accomplishments of the rest of Europe paled by comparison The Portuguese exploration and expansion at this time is a huge subject Here will be discussed only one of their voyages that of Vasco da Gamas voyage to India as he was the first European to sail to there Prince Henry the Navigator was most definitely a driving force in this venture while the King during the voyage Manuel was the one who ordered it Bartolmeu Dias was the first to round the Cape of Good Hope in his 1487-88 voyage proving that it could be done and breaking ground for da Gama Born in 1394 the Infante Enriques known to the world as Prince Henry the Navigator became the man who was most responsible for the maritime expansion of Portugal and of general marine science as well both of which led to the voyage to India As a boy he was infatuated with accounts of the wild beasts wild people and vast riches that existed in AfricaHart
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