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  • 1095

    Pope Urban calls for the Crusades

    Pope Urban calls for the Crusades
    Pope called the Crusades to defeat the Muslims in the Holy Land.
  • 1200

    Europe shifts it's focus to Trade

    Europe shifts it's focus to Trade
    Europe shifted it's focus to trade after the failure of the Crusades.
  • 1254

    Marco Polo is Born

    Marco Polo is Born
    Marco Polo is born in Venice, Italy.
  • 1293

    Marco Polo travels home

    Marco Polo travels home
    Marco Polo travels home after a 2 year journey across Asia.
  • 1298

    Marco Polo is captured

    Marco Polo is captured
    Marco Polo is captured as a prisoner of war in a battle between Venice's rival city, Genoa, where he is encouraged to write a book of his adventures.
  • 1415

    Portugal reaches Africa

    Portugal reaches Africa
    Portugal sails to Africa and sets up trading posts.
  • 1419

    Portugal discovers Madeira Islands

    Portugal discovers Madeira Islands
    Portugal discovers Madeira Islands which encourages Portugal to sail farther along Africa's coast.
  • 1427

    Portugal discovers the Azores Islands

    Portugal discovers the Azores Islands
    Portugal discovers the Azores Islands which encourages Portugal to sail farther along Africa's coast.
  • 1434

    Portugal makes successful around Cape Bojador.

    Portugal makes successful around Cape Bojador.
    After 15 failures, Portugal is able to successfully sail past Cape Bojador and continues their voyage.
  • 1469

    Spain is Unified

    Spain is Unified
    The marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile unites Spain and the Muslims are later expelled.
  • 1485

    Colombus' plan is rejected

    Colombus' plan is rejected
    When Christopher Colombus pitched his idea of sailing west, he was rejected by the Spanish Crown.
  • 1488

    Portugal reaches the east-coast of Africa

    Portugal reaches the east-coast of Africa
    Bartolomeu Días leads Portugal to the east-coast of Africa and also discovers the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Colombus finds the Americas

    Colombus finds the Americas
    Christopher Colombus makes landfall in modern-day Dominican Republic.
  • 1498

    Portugal reaches India

    Portugal reaches India
    Vasco da Gama leads Portugal to India and Portugal's voyage is complete.