The Age of Exploration or Age of Discovery as it is sometimes called, officially began in the early 15th century and lasted until the 17th century. The period is characterized as a time when Europeans began exploring the world by sea in search of trading partners, new goods, and new trade routes. In addition, some explorers set sail to simply learn more about the world.

Henry the Navigator

Henry the Navigator had a very significant role in the age of exploration He sent many expeditions to the west coast of Africa and southwards as he looked for a sea route to the spice islands
Place Sagres on a map of Portugal that you have downloaded, and indicate it was Henry the Navigator's base.
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The Famous Explorers
- Bartholomew Dias 1482
‍- Christopher Columbus 1492
- Vasco da Gama 1498
- Ferdinand Magellan 1520

Bartholomew Dias 1482

- Date of voyage- Bartholomew Dias 1482‍ Christopher Columbus 1492.
- Bartholomew Dias 1482: Dias' journey left in 1487 and had 3 ships by the name of: 1) São Cristóvão (2) São Pantaleão.
- He went on his jorney to discover (the cape of good hope)

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  • Christopher Columbus 1492

- Date of voyage- 1492,
- In Search and Defense of Privileges.
- The name of his ships were, Pinta.

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Vasco da Gama 1498

- Date of voyage- 1498
- His ship name was-

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Step 4

Put a title - Early English and Dutch Explorers

Write a very brief biography of each explorer below, covering the following points:
  • date of voyage
  • a map of his journey (find one and cut & paste it into your wiki page)
  • name of ship(s)
  • importance of the voyage (the first to do what?)