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The Age of Exploration: Columbus (1492) to Eve of American Revolution (1763)

  • Nov 21, 1488

    Bartholomew Diaz explores African coast.

    Bartholomew Diaz explores African coast.
  • Period: Oct 12, 1492 to

    Columbus in New World - End of French and Indian War

  • Nov 20, 1492

    Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

  • Nov 21, 1492

    Martin Behaim makes the earliest globe of the world. It showed no New World.

    Martin Behaim makes the earliest globe of the world. It showed no New World.
  • Nov 20, 1494

    First Africans arrive in Hispaniola with Christopher Columbus.

  • Nov 21, 1497

    Vasco de Gama is first to sail to India around Cape of Good Hope, Africa.

    Vasco de Gama is first to sail to India around Cape of Good Hope, Africa.
  • Nov 20, 1499

    Vincent Pinzon and Juan Dias de Solis discover Brazil.

  • Aug 10, 1500

    Diego Diaz discovered Madagascar.

  • Nov 20, 1513

    Vaco Nunez de Balboa discovers Pacific Ocean.

  • Nov 20, 1513

    Ponce de Leon explores Florida.

  • Nov 20, 1518

    Juan de Grijal explores Mexico.

  • Nov 21, 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan begins first circumnavigation of the world.

    Ferdinand Magellan begins first circumnavigation of the world.
  • Nov 20, 1528

    Panfilo de Narvaez conquers Cuba and explores Florida.

  • Nov 20, 1528

    Alva Cabeza de Vaca explores southwestern America.

  • Nov 20, 1534

    Jacques Cartier explores the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

  • Nov 20, 1539

    Hernando de Soto explores South-eastern North America

  • Nov 20, 1541

    Francisco Vazquez Coronado explores midwest North America.

    present day Kansas
  • Jul 7, 1550

    Chocolate introduced in Europe.

  • Nov 20, 1550

    First slaves arrive from Africa, to Brazil.

  • Nov 20, 1550

    Ambrose Pare (France) invents artificial limbs.

  • Nov 20, 1551

    Spaniards in Chile begin producing wine.

  • Nov 20, 1576

    Sir Martin Frobisher explores Baffin Bay and the Hudson Strait, Canada

  • Nov 21, 1577

    Sir Francis Drake begins his sail around the world.

    Sir Francis Drake begins his sail around the world.
  • Sir Humphrey Gilbert Claims Newfoundland (Canada) for England.

    Sir Humphrey Gilbert Claims Newfoundland (Canada) for England.
  • Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe explore North Carolina coast.

  • Sir Walter Raleigh establishes Roanoke colony.

  • Simon Stevin invented decimals.

  • Janssen invents the compound microscope.

  • Sir Richard Hawkins sails to the South Pacific Ocean.

  • Sir Walter Raleigh seeks El Dorado

    Raleigh seeks the golden city of El Dorado in South America.
  • Juan de Archuleta explores Colorado.

  • William Gilbert discovered static electricity

    William Gilbert discovered static electricity
  • Sebastian Viscaino founded San Diego, Catalina, Monterey Bay, Carmel, Santa Barbara, and many more missions for Spain.

    Sebastian Viscaino founded San Diego, Catalina, Monterey Bay, Carmel, Santa Barbara, and many more missions for Spain.
  • CAPT John Smith founds Jamestown (Virginia colony)

    CAPT John Smith founds Jamestown (Virginia colony)
  • Henry Hudson, explorer

    Henry Hudson, explorer
    Henery Hudson explored parts of the Artic Oceans and Northeastern North America including the Hudson River
  • Samuel de Champlain discovers Lake Champlain.

    Samuel de Champlain discovers Lake Champlain.
  • Galileo builds the first telescope.

    Galileo builds the first telescope.
  • Galileo observes the stars and Milky Way

    Galileo observes the stars and Milky Way
  • Jan Batista van Helmont introduces the word "gas"

    Jan Batista van Helmont introduces the word "gas"
  • Mayflower

    Mayflower
    Mayflower ship lands at Cape Cod Mass. with 101 colonists
  • Peter Minuit buys island of Manhattan from the Indians.

    Peter Minuit buys island of Manhattan from the Indians.
  • Main Mersenne discovered speed of sound

    Main Mersenne discovered speed of sound
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Roger Williams founds Prov. and Rhode Island
  • Harvard College

    Harvard College
    Harvard Collage is founded in Cambridge,Mass.
  • Rene Descartes refracts rainbows and clouds

    Rene Descartes refracts rainbows and clouds
  • Jacque Marquette and Louis Jolliet explore and find Mississippi River.

    Jacque Marquette and Louis Jolliet explore and find Mississippi River.
  • First printing press in Mass.

    First printing press in Mass.
    The first colonial printing press is set up in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Witchcraft

    Witchcraft is made a capital crime in English law.
  • Blaise Pascal invented mechanical calculator

    Blaise Pascal invented mechanical calculator
  • Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji Islands.

    Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji Islands.
  • Constitution of Rhode Island

    Constitution of Rhode Island
    The constitution of the General Assembly of Rhode Island is drafted.
  • slavery

    slavery
    Slavery is legalized and recongnized in the American colonies
  • Jan van Riebeeck founded Cape Town, South Africa.

    Jan van Riebeeck founded Cape Town, South Africa.
  • England gets rid of royalty: Oliver Cromwell is the Protectorate.

    England gets rid of royalty: Oliver Cromwell is the Protectorate.
  • The Great Fire of London.

    The Great Fire of London.
  • LaSalle explored upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes region.

    LaSalle explored upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes region.
  • Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet explored Mississippi River.

  • Thomas Tompion discovered the way to make pocket watches.

    Thomas Tompion discovered the way to make pocket watches.
  • The First map of all of New Spain.

    The First map of all of New Spain.
  • Pierre and Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne explore Mississippi coast and discover mouth of Mississippi River.

    Pierre and Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne explore Mississippi coast and discover mouth of Mississippi River.
  • CAPT. William Kidd hung in London.

    Famous pirate.
  • William Penn is granted a Charter for the colony of Delaware

    William Penn is granted a Charter for the colony of Delaware
  • Scotland and England combine to become Great Britain.

  • First organ built in Philadelphia.

    First organ built in Philadelphia.
  • Maria Theresa becomes queen of Austrian empire.

  • First group of slaves brought to Louisiana.

    First group of slaves brought to Louisiana.
  • Founding of New Orleans, by the French

    Founding of New Orleans, by the French
  • King Peter the Great of Russia dies.

  • King George II ascends the Throne of England.

    King George II ascends the Throne of England.
  • Baltimore is founded in colony of Maryland.

    Baltimore is founded in colony of Maryland.
  • Vitus Bering discovers and sails through the Bering Strait.

    Vitus Bering discovers and sails through the Bering Strait.
  • Poor Richard's Almanac appears in print.

    Published by Ben Franklin.
  • Russia and Austria at war with Turkey.

  • The Waltz becomes a popular dance in Europe.

  • Berlin is burned by the Russians.

  • Father Junipero Serra founds nine missions in southwest North America.

    Father Junipero Serra founds nine missions in southwest North America.
  • Capt Arthur Phillip founds Englich colony of Australia.

    Capt Arthur Phillip founds Englich colony of Australia.