Answer to Question #193819 in Geography for freddy

Question #193819

account for the crossing of cape bojador and the spanish exploration that ensued during the age of discovery

Expert's answer

Back in the 20s and 30s of the 15th century, the Portuguese discovered the island of Madeira, the Canary Islands and the Azores, and moved far south along the western coast of Africa. Having rounded Cape Bojador, they reached the coast of Guinea (1434) and the Cape Verde Islands, and in 1462 they reached Sierra Leone. In 1471, they explored the coast of Ghana, where they found rich gold deposits. The discovery in 1486 by Bartolomeu Dias of the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa created a real opportunity to prepare an expedition to India.

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