dec 29, 1453 - Pope gifts Prince Henry a Bull
1) Prince Henry of Portugal, who was nicknamed the "Navigator"; also he was keen to find a way to circumvent the Muslim domination of the eastern Mediterranean and all the routes that connected India to Europe.
2) Pope Nicholas V gave Prince Henry a bull in 1454, conferring on him the right to navigate the "sea to the distant shores of the Orient", more specifically to India, in attempt to fight Islamic influence and spread Christianity faith.
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