Age of Exploration

The informal period from the 1400s to the 1700s when Europeans sailed the ocean to new lands.

Here’s a list of some of the places Europeans visited (“discovered”) during this period.

At the end of this period, humans had – for the first time – a basic knowledge of all the major land masses on the globe. There were fewer “unknown areas,” and shipping had advanced to the point where trans-ocean voyages were common and relatively reliable.

Why I Looked It Up

I had heard the term for years. My notes say I stumbled across in – probably in some book - in September.

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