Henry gained appointment as the governor of the very rich Order of Christ, the Portuguese successor to the Knights Templar, which had its headquarters at Tomar. Henry would hold this position for the remainder of his life, and the order was an important source of funds for Henry's ambitious plans, especially his persistent attempts to conquer the Canary Islands, which the Portuguese had claimed to have discovered before the year 1346. Although Henry never traveled, his people's primary exploration goal was to explore the western coast of Africa to locate a route to Asia. that's when the caravel came into play. The caravel was developed at Sagres.