Late 1200s, Travels through Asia
Led Chinese trading voyages
Late 1480s, first European to attempt to sail around Cape of Good Hope
1492, discovers New World
Vasco de Gama
• Portuguese sailor, tried to find water route around Africa to India (1497)
• Stopped at several African ports
• Interacted with Muslim merchants-learning about their roles in trading
• Reached Calicut India and inspired more voyages
Portuguese navigator that sailed for Spanish and first to circumnavigate the globe (1519)
Spanish conquistador, 1519, defeated Aztec Empire and gaining Mexico for Spain
1530, Spanish conquistador, defeats Incas
French explorer 1534, claimed all of Canada
Sir Francis Drake
1570s, Second to circumnavigate the globe
1607, English sailor (Dutch-born) hoped to find Northeast Passage around Europe, finds only ice
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