Around 1600 BC:
Since the Minoans lived in an island, they spent their time near the sea. They became the best sailors and shipmakers of their time. Living in Crete also gave them an excellent trading center, where their ships brought many goods like olive oil, wood pottery, copper, gold, silver and jewels. However, it was also geographically very dangerous. On this date, there was a giant explosion in Crete, burying the island in ash and starting the end of Minoan society.