Europe and Asia Trade Relations Timeline

  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to Dec 31, 1499

    Muslim and Italian merchants control trade between Europe and Asia

    Muslim and Italian merchants control trade between Europe and Asia to enfore trade. Trading was very important because it gave you the opertunity to get something you might not have for something you might have a huge surplus on.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to Dec 31, 1499

    Prince Henry the Navigator

    Infante Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu, or better known as Henry the Navigator was an important figure in 15th-century Portuguese politics and in the early days of the Portuguese Empire.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to Dec 31, 1499

    Ming Dynasty and exploration

    After Zheng He died, China stopped funding overseas exploration and trade. They also felt no European country had anything to offer they also allowed Portuguese, Dutch, English and other European countries to trade in their land under heavy regulation. By the early 1600’s the Ming Dynasty was decaying
  • Jan 1, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Under the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean supposidly discovering America. Christopher Columbus was mainly known as an Italian explorer and navigator but also was a colonizer and citizen of the Republic of Genoa.
  • Jan 1, 1493

    Line of Demarcation

    This line was drawn in 1493 and was an imaginary longitude, moved slightly from the line drawn by Pope Alexander VI to divide new lands claimed by Portugal from those of Spain.
  • Jan 1, 1497

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama was the first European to reach India by sea, linking Europe and Asia for the first time by ocean route, as well as the Atlantic. Vasco da Gama was also the 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer.
  • Jan 1, 1500

    Pedro Alvarez Cabral

    Pedro Álvares Cabral was a Portuguese nobleman, military commander, navigator and explorer he was mainly known as the discoverer of Brazil. Cabral conducted the first substantial exploration of the northeast coast of South America and claimed it for Portugal.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Afonso de Albuquerque

    Afonso de Albuquerque, Duke of Goa, was a Portuguese general, a "great conqueror," as he did conquer Goa in India. He fought in Portugal's wars in Spain and Africa. He was sent on a voyage to India in 1503-1504 and went to the East again in 1506 with Tristão da Cunha.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) discovered a route what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. Magellan was a well known Portuguese explorer set out from Spain in 1519 with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands. Ferdinand Magellan was Portuguese who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522 resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth. In search of fame and fortune,
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Spain and the Philippines

    Also known as the Spanish Colonial Time as It begins with the arrival in 1521 of European explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailing for Spain, covers the period when the Philippines was a colony of the Spanish Empire, and ends with the outbreak of the Spanish and American War in 1898, the beginning of the American Colonial Era of Philippine history.
  • Jan 1, 1522

    Magellan’s Expedition

    Magellan's Expedition was the first voyage around the world in human history. It was a Spanish expedition that sailed from Seville in 1519 under the command of Ferdinand Magellan in search of a maritime path from the Americas to East Asia across the Pacific Ocean.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Portuguese and Japan

    Portuguese went to Japan in 1543 to trade and spread their religion. Before 1638 Japan used to trade with the Portuguese and Europeans before the Europeans conquered the Phillipeans and eventually Japan isolated themselves from the rest of the world to avoid the same fate.
  • The Happy Return

    The "Happy Return" is refering to the return of Dutch ships return to Netherlands after a year’s absence w/ spices and wealth.
  • The Dutch East India Company

    The Dutch East India Company was originally created as a chartered company in 1602, when the Dutch government granted it a 21-year free of fee on Dutch spice trade.
  • Japanese ban western merchants

    In 1638 Japan closed its doors, banned all western merchants, and contact from anywhere other than them selves. This occured because they heard about Europeans invading the Philippines and they were afriad they would be next. Japan later re-opened their doors in 1853 when they realized what the lack of trade did to them and were very behind in everything but eventually caught up.