They pursued a vision with great determination and furness. They flamed the sparks of exploration and discovery of the New World. They were known as the navigators. The search for a new trade route to Asia to bypass the protracted journey over land through the Middle East, facilitated the Age of Discovery.
A new passage around Africa to India would make it possible to circumvent the high fees that merchants had to pay to third parties, in order to travel through foreign lands. The quest to crack the monopoly that was held over the silk and spice route, facilitated a mood of discovery and the battle for control of the high seas.
In order to pursue these seaward bound explorations, the navigators would need to solicit large amounts of capital to realize their ambitions. These men were the venture capitalists of their generation.