Monthly Project. The Age of Exploration Timeline.

  • 1400

    The European Voyages

    The European Voyages
    Beginning in the early fifteenth century, European states began to embark on a series of global explorations that inaugurated a new chapter in world history. Known as the Age of Discovery.
  • 1498

    Columbus lands in South America

    Columbus lands in South America
    Explorer Christopher Columbus sets foot on the American mainland for the first time, at the Paria Peninsula in present-day Venezuela. Thinking it an island, he christened it Isla Santa and claimed it for Spain
  • 1500


    Although most of Latin America was colonized by Spain, the countries of Portugal and France also had major influences on the region.By 1898, all Latin American countries had become independent nations.
  • Religion in Latin America

    Religion in Latin America
    Once in the New World, religion was still a prevalent issue which had to be considered in everyday life. Many of the laws were based on religious beliefs and traditions and often these laws clashed with the many other cultures throughout colonial Latin America.
  • The postcolonial era

    The postcolonial era
    Following the model of the American and French revolutions, most of Latin America achieved its independence by 1825. Independence destroyed the old common market that existed under the Spanish Empire after the Bourbon Reforms and created an increased dependence on the financial investment provided by nations, which had already begun to industrialize.
  • The independence latin america

     The independence latin america
    The Latin American Wars of Independence were the various revolutions that took place during the late 18th and early 19th centuries and resulted in the creation of a number of independent countries in Latin America