Around 1418, Prince Henery started the first school for oceanic navagation in Sagres, Portugal. The school trained its students in navigation, map-making, and science in order to sail town west Africa.
Feb 1, 1487
Bartolomeu Dias Rounds the Southern Tip of Africa
Bartolomeu Dias becomes the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa, opening a sea route between the continents. He did this by rounding the southern tip of Africa called the Cape of Good Hope.
Oct 12, 1492
Christopher Columbus reaches the Caribbean
Christopher Coloumbus landed first in the Bahammas and later explored most of the Carribean and the coasts of Central and South America. This led to his quick recognition to being the first European to reach the Americas, but today this is seen as being untrue.
Jun 7, 1494
Spain and Portugal Sign the Treaty of Tordesillas
The treaty of Tordesillas is signed in what is now the Valladolid Province which is located in Spain. It divided the newly discovered lands between Spain and Portugal.
May 20, 1498
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut on the Indian Ocean
Vasco Da Gama set sail July 8, 1497, rounded the Cape of Good Hope four months later, and reached Calicut May 20, 1498.
Feb 2, 1521
Ferdinand Magellan leads a Spanish expedition to the Philippines
Ferdinand Megellan arrives in the Philippines in 1521 when he landed on the island of Cebu and claimed the island for Spain. He befriended some of the citizens, but was still killed by a local chief named Lapu-Lapu.
Mar 5, 1565
Spain Begins Settlements in the Philippines
True colonization did not start until 1564 when another expidition led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi arrived. A settlement was set up in 1565 on the island of Cebu.
• The Dutch establish a trading center on Java
The Dutch East India company was a chartered company established in 1602 the States-General in the Netherlands. It was the first mega corrperation ruled by many powerful countries.
France Sets Up Its Own East India Company
The French East india Company was set up to compete with the other British and Dutch companies already set up in colonial India. It's purpose was to spark trade between India and France.