Age of Exploration

By Deane Barker

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.

  • The western coast of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope (Portugal)
  • A sea route to India (Portugal)
  • Central and North America (Italy/Spain)
  • Present-day Canada (Italy/English)
  • Japan (Portugal)
  • Brazil (Portugal)
  • Mexico and Peru (Spain)
  • Circumnavigation of the entire globe (Portugal)

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.

(It might have been this book: Origins of a Journey)

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