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Portugal’s Great Leap Forward

Lecture no. 8 from the course: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration

Portugal’s Great Leap Forward

Taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

How and why did tiny Portugal, a poor country, take to the seas, round the continent of Africa, hijack the Indian Ocean, and create a global empire? Find out here, with a look at Portugal’s rise to superpower status, from Prince Henry the Navigator’s call for exploration to Vasco da Gama’s successful voyage to Asia.

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r********m
April 20, 2019
The fact that it ultimately were the "poor Europeans" that created the biggest (trade) empires of the world, IMHO shows nicely that on long courage, perseverance, intelligence and a willingness to learn and take risks can beat even much wealthier and much more experienced competitors. Today we are seeing the same with companies like Amazon or Tesla for instance. History repeats itself.

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t********m
December 24, 2018

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August 1, 2017

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