Synopsis by Sarah Welsh
Director Luc Cuyvers' four-part series on European explorers combines accurate and absorbing history with beautiful travelogue-style footage of Africa and Southeast Asia. Volume One begins in 1415, when Portugal's Prince Henry initiated a campaign to map the Western coast of Africa -- partly for the sake of knowledge, but mostly in hopes of increasing his nation's power by colonizing the Dark Continent and finding a sea route to India. This is the story of the brave sailors who charted the unknown, but it is also a story of colonial domination and brutality. Uses archival documents, expert commentary, dramatizations, and live cinematography to breathe new life into distant history -- ideal for educators.
Europe, exploration, history, map, sea