European Explores


Christopher Columbus

first voyage into the atlantic ocean was in 1476. 3 ships set sail the santa maria, the pinta and the nina. financed by the royal court christopher set sail in 1492. first settlement was destroyed and the men were massacured by the queen.
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Vasco De Gama

was chosen to lead the expedition to India in 1497. On July 8 of that year, he captained a team of four vessels, including his flagship, the 200-ton St.Gabriel, to find a sailing route to India and the East.

the prevailing winds along the coast of Africa. His choice of direction was also a bit of a rebuke to Christopher Columbus, who had believed he'd found a route to India by sailing east.

found a lot of muslim traders.

In all, da Gama's first journey covered nearly 24,000 miles in close to two years, and only 54 of the crew's original 170 members survived.

Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was born in Portugal circa 1480. As a boy, he studied mapmaking and navigation.He assembled a fleet of ships and, despite huge setbacks, his own death included, proved that the world was round.

By his mid-20s, he was sailing in large fleets and was committed in combat. In 1519, with the support of King Charles V of Spain, Magellan set out to circumnavigate the globe.

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