Europeans Explore the East
Feb 7, 1400
Prince Henry starts a navigation school.Prince Henry starts a navigation school so he can teach others how to navigate so they can explore new lands.
Mar 12, 1488
Dias Rounds the Tip of Africaon 3 February 1488. Dias's expedition reached its furthest point on 12 March 1488 when they anchored at Kwaaihoek, near the mouth of the Bushman's River, where a padrão -the Padrão de São Gregório - was erected before turning back. Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further. It was only on the return voyage that he actually discovered the Cape of Good Hope, in May 1488. Dias returned to Lisbon in December of that year, after
Aug 3, 1492
Columbus Reaches the CarribeanOn Aug. 3, 1492, Columbus sailed from Palos, Spain, with three small ships. After halting at the Canary Islands, he sailed due west, turning toward a more southerly direction in early October.
Jun 7, 1494
Spain and Portagul sign the Treaty of TordesillasThe Treaty of Tordesillas (Portuguese: Tratado de Tordesilhas, Spanish: Tratado de Tordesillas), signed at Tordesillas (now in Valladolid province, Spain), 7 June 1494, divided the newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along a meridian 370 leagues west of t he Cape Verde islands. This line of demarcation was about halfway between the Cape Verde Islands and the islands discovered by Christopher Columbus.
May 20, 1498
Vasco Da Gama rthe port of Calicut on the Indian OceanDa Gama's fleet arrived in Kappadu near Calicut, India on 20 May 1498.
The Dutch establish a trading center on JavaThe Dutch established a trading center on Java in 1609
France sets up it's own East India CompanyPlanned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, it was chartered by King Louis XIV for the purpose of trading in the Eastern Hemisphere.