Date: 07.07.2018 - 17:48 |

During the Middle Ages, the Atlantic was known as the „vast ocean”, “dark sea” or “western sea”. These different titles summarize its significance to the Western world until the beginning of the maritime explorations: a sea so vast and so dangerous that it was regarded as the border of the known world. In 1434 the Portuguese navigator Gil Eanes finally succeeded in what many others had tried before: to pass beyond Cape Bojador. The southern limit known to classical geography had been broken and the Atlantic was thus opened to maritime exploration. In the following decades, the African coast and the Atlantic islands were explored through several voyages and included in a developing new geographical context – the Atlantic region. In 1488, Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope. Paving the way to Indian Ocean the Atlantic had finally been conquered. 

From Museu de Marinha exposition, Lisbon, Portugal