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The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea

Vol. II

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Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 131,412 / 392 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.9
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 397
Added to site: 2011.11.04 30960
Genre: History

The second and last part of this chronicle. It begins with a brief summary of the life of Prince Henry and questions suggested by his work.

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of Prince Henry's work among the Atlantic islands. To the same we must refer the traditional purchase of the Canaries in 1424-5 and the settlement of Madeira in the same year,[9] confirmed by charters of 1430 and 1433. King John, on his death-bed, is said to have exhorted Henry to persevere in his schemes, which he was at this very time pursuing by means of a fresh expedition to round Cape Bojador, under Gil Eannes (1433). Azurara from this point becomes our chief authority down to the year 1448, and this and the subsequent voyages are fully described in his pages. Gil Eannes, unsuccessful in 1433,[10] under the stimulus of the Infant's reproaches and appeals passed Cape Bojador in 1434;[11] and next summer (1435) the Portuguese reached the Angra dos Ruyvos (Gurnet Bay), 150 miles beyond Bojador, and the Rio do Ouro, 240 miles to the south. Early in 1436 the "Port of Gallee," a little North of C. Branco (Blanco), was discovered by Baldaya, but as yet no natives were found; no captives, gold dust, or other pro



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