Name

King Joao II

Career

Public life

Occupation 1

Portugal

Region

Europe

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1455

Died

1495

Text

King of Portugal from 1481, upon the death of his father Alfonso V, to his death in 1495. Supported Portugal's overseas venture in the spirit of his grand uncle, Prince Henry. Not reponsive to several requests from Christopher Columbus that he support a transatlantic undertaking, especially after 1488 and Bartolomeu Dias's successful passage into the Indian Ocean around the southern tip of Africa.

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Date: 1455
Date: 1455