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  • 1095

    Pope Urban Called for the Crusades

    Pope Urban Called for the Crusades
    The Catholics tried to conquer Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims.
  • 1200

    The Commercial Revolution Occurs

    The Commercial Revolution Occurs
    The Europeans saw all of the new goods from Asia. There was a large shift in European lifestyle because of the Crusades.
  • 1254

    Marco Polo is Born

    Marco Polo is Born
    Marco Polo was born in 1254 in Venice, Italy. He was born into a family of merchants.
  • 1293

    Making Their Way Home

    Making Their Way Home
    Marco Polo and his family made their way home to Venice on a ship, going back to Italy with many fine goods such as jade, jewels, porcelain, etc. Initially, Polo and his family left with hundreds of passengers on their ship, but once they returned to the Persian Port of Hormuz, there were only 18 people left who were alive.
  • 1298

    Marco Polo Goes to Battle

    Marco Polo Goes to Battle
    Marco Polo captained a ship in battle against Venice's rival city, Genoa. He was taken hostage and when he was in prison, he met a fellow prisoner and writer who inspired him to write about his adventures, thus helping create the bestselling book, "The Travels of Marco Polo".
  • 1415

    The Portuguese Capture the Fortress of Ceuta

    The Portuguese Capture the Fortress of Ceuta
    In 1415, the Portuguese captured the Royal Fortress of Ceuta in Africa in the hopes of accomplishing their dreams of controlling the global gold market. They set up trading posts in Africa and collected lots of gold and silver.
  • 1419

    Portugal Discovers the Madeira Islands

    Portugal Discovers the Madeira Islands
    Prince Henry "The Navigator" funded lots of Portuguese exploration, as well as the work of scientists which led to the discovery of the Madeira Islands in 1419.
  • 1427

    Portugal Discovers the Azores Islands

    Portugal Discovers the Azores Islands
    Prince Henry "The Navigator" funded the works of scientists, as well as shipbuilding, cartography and navigational science. This lead to the discovery of the Azores Islands in 1427.
  • 1434

    The First Voyage Goes Around Cape Bojador

    The First Voyage Goes Around Cape Bojador
    In 1434, one of Prince Henry's voyages finally goes around Cape Bojador. It is the 15th voyage that he has funded and is the only one so far to make it around the Cape.
  • 1469

    King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella Get Married

    King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella Get Married
    In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile were married and unified Catholic Spain. They began building a nation that could be able to obtain global power.
  • 1485

    Christopher Columbus Approaches the King

    Christopher Columbus Approaches the King
    Starting in 1485, Christopher Columbus went to the king of Portugal for a sponsorship of his idea of sailing west to the Spice Islands. He was rejected, but he asked other kings as well, but he was rejected again.
  • 1488

    Portugal Gets Around the Tip of Africa

    Portugal Gets Around the Tip of Africa
    In 1487, Dias left from Lisbon and made his way down the Western coast of Africa, farther than anyone ever had. He finally made it around the tip and onto the Eastern coast of Africa in March of 1488.
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Christopher Columbus Lands on Hispaniola

    Christopher Columbus Lands on Hispaniola
    On October 12 in 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a new island, which he named Hispaniola. He thought that he was in the East Indies, but he had not completed his route of almost circling the whole globe to get to Africa.
  • 1497

    Reaching the Peak of African Coastline Exploration

    Reaching the Peak of African Coastline Exploration
    All exploration of the Western African coast reached its peak in July of 1497 with the voyage of Vasco da Gama.