The Europeans and the World -5- (1400-1815)
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The Europeans and the World -5- (1400-1815) - 2011-10-31 08:16:53

After several unsuccessful attempts, Gil Eanes and his crew finally managed to pass Cape Bojador. This pilot, who had a ship close to the caravel, put into practice his knowledge of Atlantic winds and currents to double the cape by conducting a large "volta", a loop. His path is uncertain. Did he pass through Madeira and the Canaries? Did he sail along the coast before returning to the Canary Islands to perform the volta? However, he blew the lock: the doors of the African coast were open to the Portuguese explorations.