The American Journey Early Years © 2010 Indiana Edition

Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas

Student Web Activity

"Prince Henry the Navigator"

In this chapter you have learned about the exploration of the Americas by Spanish and Portuguese explorers. Portugal 's position along the coast of Spain and the support of its rulers helped the country become a leader in exploring the Americas. An important figure in Portuguese explorations was Prince Henry, who never sailed these voyages but authorized many explorations to Africa. In this activity, you will learn more about the life and times of Henry the Navigator.

Destination Title: The European Voyages of Exploration

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At the starting page, click on the Prince Henry button in the menu at the top of the screen.
  • Read through the information you find on the first page.
  • At the bottom of the page, click on the Proceed with the Tutorial arrow to go to the next pages.
  • Stop when you reach the page titled “The Atlantic Islands."

You will read a total of three Web pages about Prince Henry. Use what you have learned to answer the following questions.

Why did Prince Henry invade Ceuta? Why was its invasion important to Portugal?
Who was Adahu and why was he important to Prince Henry?
How could African translators be beneficial to Prince Henry’s explorations?
According to Azurara, Prince Henry's contemporary, what were the five reasons Prince Henry promoted extensive exploration?
Write a brief paragraph in which you speculate about some of the reasons why Prince Henry the Navigator chose the motto Talent de bien faire for himself.
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