Pope Urban II calls for the crusadesThe Muslims invaded the Holy Land and the Pope created the Crusades to take it back, and they learned about new goods.
Big shift in economyThe commercial revolution started making people be able to chose their own destiny.
Marco Polo was bornBorn in Venice, Italy which was a big center for trade and later he became a great explorer going on many adventures with his family to more of Europe and Asia.
The Polos started on their way to return to Venice.They started home by ship with many goods like ivory, jade, jewels, porcelain, and silk. They left with hundreds of passengers and after the two year trip, they reached Venice with only 18 people.
Polo captained a ship in a battle against Genoa.He got captured as a prisoner of war and later met a writer and wrote a book on his experiences. The book became one of the most popular book in their time and became a bestseller.
The Portugal and overseas explorationsThe Portuguese started exploring by sea and captured the Fortress of Ceuta in Africa. This started trading with Africa and the Portuguese started going around Africa to get to Asia.
The Portuguese and the Madeira IslandsAfter the Portuguese started venturing overseas they found the Madeira Islands and conquered the land. This led to many more discoveries of new places in Africa.
Finding the Azores Islandsin 1427 after the finding of the Madeira Islands in, the Portuguese stumbled across the Azores Islands in 1427 claiming them as their land. After these discoveries were made Prince Henry and his crew of explorers started sailing down the southern coast of Africa.
Returning homeAfter the Portuguese finally reached Cape Bojador they made their successful return home in 1434 CE. No one had ever gone that faar and made it back safely before because of the rough waters and their were at least 15 failed voyages.