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  • In 1419, Prince Henry founded a navigation school.- Mapmakers, instrument makers, shipbuilders, scientists, and sea captains came here to perfect their trades.
  • By 1460, the Portuguese had established a series of trading posts along the western African shores.-  Traded for gold and ivory.- Eventually traded for African captives to be slaves.
  • Now that they had established their presence in Africa, the Portuguese set their sights on something new, finding a sea route to Asia.
  • Bartolomeu Dias and his crew reached the southern tip of Africa, but a storm came up and misguided them.
  • Almost 10 years later, Vasco de Gama began exploring the east African coast.- As he reached the port of Calicut, he and his crew were in awe of all the spices, rare silks, and precious gems they found.
  •  Vasco de Gama had officially given Portugal a direct sea route to India.
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