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The conqueror of the sea and its legends was Gil Eanes, equerry to Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal (in whose honour Boujdour's ancient lighthouse is dedicated). In 1434, enticed by rumours of a legendary 'Golden River' that lay further south, Eanes became the first sailor to round Cap Bojador and return alive to tell the tale. The secret, he found, was to return to the north not along the coastline, which was more or less fatal, but in mid-Atlantic, where the trade winds subsided and the currents from the Americas flowed north.
The rounding of Cap Bojador was an achievement that changed the entire course of world exploration. The Gold Coast (modern Ghana) was discovered in 1475, the Congo in 1482, and in 1487 the Cape of Good Hope was rounded for the first time by Bartolomeu Dias, who called it the Cape of Storms. Ten years later - barely half a century after rounding Cap Bojador - Portuguese caravels under Vasco da Gama had reached India and all its riches. Thus, it can truly be said that the dawning of the new modern era began not with Columbus' 'discovery' of the New World in 1492, but with Gil Eanes' rather more humble voyage 58 years earlier.
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