The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea
Analysis of the Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea, Ch. 7-9
In the article, “The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea” from chapter 7 to 9, by Gomez Eannes de Azurara is to explain why Prince Henry, the navigator of Portugal, wants to explore the west coast of Africa, describe that ships were suffering difficulties during reaching Guinea, and introduce how success Gomes Eannes de Azurara passes the Cape of Bojador and arrivals west coast of Africa.
In first, in chapter 7, the sailor gives some reasons why Prince Henry supports the voyage. The first reason is that Henry wants to know how the earth is. In ancient times, people believe that the earth is square. For European, the worldwide has only Europe and Asia, and they did not anything outside Europe. To farther areas, therefore, people want to explore. For the same reason, when Portugal captured Ceuta, Prince Henry would like to understand further places like Bojador. However, there is not true information about the area of Bojador. In order to collecting information for merchants, mariners and so on, Henry actively attempts to open up overseas. The second reason is that new area would be become markets. Those lands that were discovered do not have European goods, and people in these lands are attracted by new items. Eventually, new continent will bring profit to Henry’s country. Additionally, another reason is that Henry desires to spread the spirit of Christian to Africa. In Henry’s mind, there is no other race and faith but only Moors in Africa. He believes that people in there are infidels. On the other hand, Henry wishes seeking allies, which believe in Christian, to be against enemies. Actually, the expanding of new lands is not easy for Gil Eanners’s fleet. During the voyage to the Cape of Bojador, they encounter many difficulties. As all know, if people watch the same thing long time, they...