Europeans Explore the East By hunterman Jan 1, 1418 Prince Henry starts a navigation school in 1418 Prince Henry started a navigation school for ocean navagation in portugal. the school was for navigate, map makeing, and learning science. Oct 10, 1487 Bartolomeu Dias rounds the southern tip of Africa bartolomeu dias was appointed form king john II to sail around the sothern tip of in hopes of finding a tradBartolomeu. Nov 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus reaches the Caribbean First European to reach the New World. Sep 5, 1494 Spain and Portugal sign the Treaty of Tordesillas A 1494 agreement between spain and portugal. this declared that lands newly descoverd to the west was spains. May 20, 1498 Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut on the Indian Ocean A Portugese explorer who began exploring in 1498. Jan 1, 1519 Ferdinand Magellan leads a Spanish expedition to the Philippines ferdinand magellan and his crew was the first ones to sail around the world Jan 31, 1571 Spain begins settlements in the Philippines arrived in Guam and the Phillipines Islands said that the spanish have the east Indies. Mar 20, 1602 The Dutch establish a trading center on Java They had to carry out colional activites in Asia. it was founded by the Dutch in the early 17th century. Feb 1, 1664 France sets up its own East India Company The spice trade was highly power by the Portugese who used lisbon as a staple port.