Exploration Timeline

  • Jan 1, 1415

    Portugese Expansion

    Portugal was expanding by dicovering new lands. Thsi gave them power and money. By 1415 they moved into North Africa.
  • Period: Jan 15, 1487 to Jan 15, 1488

    Dias Explorations

    Dias rounds the southern tip of Africa. It later becomes known as the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Columbus Sets Sail

    Columbus leaves Spain in search of new land. Land was found eventually.
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus Finds Land

    After several weeks of trouble, Columbus finally spots land. Little did he know he found land that was previously uncharted.
  • Jan 1, 1493

    Colmbus Returns Home

    Columbus returns with new items from the Americas, He also comes back with maps from this new land.
  • Jan 1, 1493

    Line of Demarcation

    Pope Alexnder VI creates the Line of Demarcation. This divides half of the known world in two portions.
  • Jan 1, 1494

    Treaty of Tordesillas

    Signed between Portugal and Spain, this treaty determined who had what land. Spain was given land west of the line, Portgual the land in the east.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1497 to Jan 1, 1499

    Da Gama Explorations

    Portugal's second man to sail the seas. He travels up and down the western coast of africa and over to India and back.
  • Jan 1, 1502

    Da Gama and Calicut

    Vasco Da Gama traveled to India to gain spices for trade. When he got there he forced a treaty between him and the ruler of Calicut.
  • Jan 1, 1507

    Naming the Western Hemisphere

    Martin Waldseemuller mapped the Western Hemisphere. He used Amerigo Vespucci's voyages to determine the outcome.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1510 to Jan 1, 1513

    Balboa Explorations

    Balboa was another sailor for Spain. Although his voyage was not very long, it served a great importance.
  • Jan 1, 1513

    The Pacific Ocean

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa traveled through the forests of Panama. With help of the locals he reached what he called the South Sea, The Pacific Ocean.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1519 to Jan 1, 1522

    Magellan and Elcano Explorations

    Magellan is credited as being teh first man to sail all the way around the world. This was a huge gain for the Spanish.
  • Sep 20, 1519


    Ferdinand Magellan leaves Spain in his way to the Pacific. He will later beome one of the most important explorers of all time.
  • Nov 1, 1520

    The Strait of Magellan

    When rounding the southern tip of South America, Magellan needs an espace due to stromy weather. He finds a passage later called the Strait of Magellan.