Oct 9, 1001
Leif Erickson Sailing for EuropeIn 1001, Erickson became the first European to reach North America, by sailing off track on his way back to Greenland. In 1000 he sailed to Norway and got converted into Christianity.
Feb 3, 1488
Bartolomeu Dias Sailing for PortugalIn 1488, Bartolomeu Dias became the first European to round the southern tip of Africa. Making a sea route from Europe to Asia.
Oct 12, 1492
Christopher Columbus Sailing for SpainIn 1492 Columbus took 90 sailors in three ships on a voyage. On October 12, 1492, one of Columbus's ships, Pinta, found land and he abandoned his ship, Santa Maria, and went ashore. He and his men arrived in North America.
Jul 8, 1497
Vasco da Gama Sailing for PortugalDa Gama was the first European to reach India from the Atlantic Ocean. In July 1497, he rounded the Cape of Good Hope and stopped at the east cost of Africa. Then continued across the Indian Ocean and had to fight his way out in 1499 against the Muslims. He then died in Cochin.
Jan 1, 1501
Amerigo Vespucci Sailing for EuropeIn 1502 Vespucci, merchant and explorer, found out that Columbus was wrong and he sailed to America. They then named America after Vespucci because he also sailed there.
Sep 27, 1513
Vasco Nunez de Balbo Sailed for PortugalIn 1513 Balbo lead the first expedition to the Pacific Ocean from the New World. He established the first settlement on South America and explored for new gold and seas.
Jan 1, 1519
Ferdinand Magellan Sailed for EuropeIn 1519 Magellan was the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean, from Spain with five ships and discovered the Straight of Magellan. Established European trade routes.