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The Spice Route: The Discovery of the Sea Lane to Africa and Asia

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This richly documented film takes us on a voyage of exploration. It follows the Europeans in the 15th Century, especially the Portuguese, who pushed the known boundaries of the "civilized world" and forever changed the continent of Africa. During the reign of Henry the Navigator, Portugal, which had been ravaged by the plague and cursed with crop failure, looked to the seas in search of riches. The film takes us step by step from the first landing in 1434 on the West African coast through the fearsome rounding of the Cape of Good Hope, up the coast of East Africa and across the Indian Ocean to Asia. The slave trade, which forever changed the course of history, began with the landings at Senegal and Gambia. So lucrative was this trade in "black ivory" that it became the main incentive [...]
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1999