These probes of the main river systems of West and Central Africa sought highways into the interior that could facilitate alternative trading opportunities.
The Africans fled in fright; some drowned in the sea. In he rounded the Cape of Storms in such bad weather that he did not see it, but he satisfied himself that the coast was now trending northeastward; before turning back, he reached the Great Fish River, in what is now South Africa.
The English forts on the West African coast were eventually taken by the Dutch.
Faced with aggression he tried to run away, and defended himself only in the case of necessity. Huizinga, J. Prince Henry died in after a career that had brought the colonization of the Madeira Islands and the Azores and the traversal of the African coast to Sierra Leone.
More Africans died there, but the first Portuguese were also killed.