Name

Gil Eanes

Career

Explorer/Cartographer

Occupation 1

Mariner

Region

Africa

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1400

Died

1450

Text

Portuguese mariner, in 1434, with the urging of Prince Henry, using a caravel with a lateen sail, sailed down the North African coast beyond the Cape of Bojador (28N), and then, avoided the impossible route directly back north by sailing well to the northwest until he picked up the Westerlies (40N) and could then sail east to return to Lisbon. Portuguese called this navigational technigue the "volta."

Related People

Henry, Prince

Related Locations

Cape Bojador,

Related Events

1434 - Portuguese sail around the hump of West Africa,

Related Source

Portuguese Seaborne Empire, 1415-1825, The (1969)

Related Glossary

Volta,

Record ID: 747