Portugese and Spanish Explorers By Chels14 Jan 1, 1400 Prince Henry the Navigator Invented the Compass and the Caravel (kind of ship). From 1400 to the time of his death Jan 1, 1418 New schools for Sailors, Prince Henry the Navigator Prince Hentry opend his school for Navigation, map making, and ship building. Aug 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus-Voyages Christopher Columbus made his first big voyage. He sailed between Portugal and Iceland. Oct 28, 1492 Land Fall-Christopher Columbus Christopher and his people made landfall. They thought they had reached Asia but they were wrong; they reached the American continent Sep 24, 1493 Second Journey-Christopher Columbus He returns to the Americans looking for treasure but again he came home empty-handed. Jul 8, 1497 Vasco Da Gama Gama sailed from Libson under the leadership of the three Gama brothers. Nov 22, 1497 Vasco Da Gama Vasco sailed around the Cape of Good Hope Dec 25, 1497 Vasco Da Gama Vasco reached the coast of Natal Oct 31, 1500 Balboa- New World Sails to a new world aboard Rodrigo de Bastidas Ship Sep 3, 1510 Balboa- Stowaway Sneeks onto Martin Frernandez de Enciso's ship headed for Central America Jul 14, 1512 Balboa- First Expedition He leads an expedition to the Ithmus of Panama in Columbia Aug 18, 1518 magellan Leads Portugal .