Christopher Columbus, Vasco de Gama, Magellan

Christopher Columbus

He went on his first voyage in 1492

Queen Isabella of Spain financed his trip

Three ships set sail on this voyage

He sailed to the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, the Caribbean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and South and Central America

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama set sail in 1497

He sailed to Calicut, India

He started with 170 sailors

He ended up with 54 sailors

He sailed a total of 24,000 miles


He studied mapmaking and navigation

He found a passage in South America known as the Straight of Magellan

He is remembered as the first person to sail around the world