Age of Exploration

  • Nov 1, 1492

    Columbus sails for the New World, from Spain

  • Nov 20, 1494

    Treaty of Tordesillas

    Treaty between Spain and Portugal settling disputes of access to land in the New World. Land west of this treaty line would belong to Spain and land East of the line would belong to Portugal.
  • Nov 20, 1519

    Hernan Cortes leads experdition to Mexico, Conquers the Aztecs.

  • Nov 20, 1520

    Magellan discovers the Strait of Magellan, circumnavigates the globe

  • Aug 21, 1532

    Spanish Francisco Pizarro conqueres this Incas in Peru

  • Nov 20, 1565

    Spanish conqueres Florida from the French

  • Creation of the British East India Trading Company

  • Jamestown in founded by the British on the coast of Virginia

  • Puritans settle Massachusetts Bay Colony

  • British begin colonizing the Caribbean

    English settle Barbados in Caribbean, beginning colonization of region, where they would develop a substantial presence. They created the highly successful sugar cane industry, which was built largely upon the backs of black slaves from Africa. The French gain foothold on nearby island of Tortuga, and also share St. Kitts with the British.