European Exploratom 1400-1800

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In History
  • Period:
    Jan 1, 1400
    to

    Exploration

  • Oct 1, 1406

    Ptolemy's geography is introduced in Europe.

    Ptolemy's geography is introduced in Europe.
  • Nov 28, 1450

    Prince Henry the Navigator establishes a naval observatory for the teaching of navigation, astronomy, and cartography.

    Prince Henry the Navigator establishes a naval observatory for the teaching of navigation, astronomy, and cartography.
  • Nov 29, 1450

    Invention of the printing press spurs wide distribution of navigation tables and ship plans. Ptolemy's geography is published and widely accepted.

  • Nov 28, 1453

    Turks overrun Constantinople, shutting off the overland trade route.

  • Nov 28, 1484

    Portuguese explorations discover Africa's Gold Coast and the Congo River.

    Portuguese  explorations discover Africa's Gold Coast and the Congo River.
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  • Nov 28, 1487

    Bartolomeu Dias barely touches the Cape of Good Hope.

    Bartolomeu Dias barely touches the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Nov 28, 1492

    Christopher Columbus sets sail.

  • Nov 28, 1497

    John Cabot sites "new found land" while searching for Northwest Passage.

  • Nov 28, 1498

    Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope and reaches India.

    Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope and reaches India.
  • Nov 28, 1506

    Christopher Columbus dies.

  • Nov 28, 1519

    Magellan begins his journey to circumnavigate the world with five ships and 270 men.

    Magellan  begins his journey to circumnavigate the world with five ships and 270 men.
  • Nov 28, 1522

    September 6, eighteen of Magellan's crew and one ship return.

  • Nov 28, 1534

    Jacques Cartier enters the St. Lawrence River. Land in Great Lakes claimed for France.

    Jacques Cartier enters the St. Lawrence River. Land in Great Lakes claimed for France.
  • Nov 28, 1577

    Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England. He circumnavigates the globe.

  • Henry Hudson explores present-day New York and Hudson River and claims them for the Dutch.

    Henry Hudson explores present-day New York and Hudson River and claims them for the Dutch.
  • James Cook begins the first of his Pacific explorations.

    James Cook  begins the first of his Pacific explorations.
  • Cook documents location of Australia.

    Cook documents location of Australia.
  • Cook explores Hawaiian Islands. He fails to locate Northwest Passage from Alaskan side.

  • Cook killed in Hawaii.

    Cook killed in Hawaii.