3.6 Dates & Events
1245 - John of Plano Carpini was sent to the court of the Great Khan
1260 - The Polo brothers reach the court of Kublai Khan in China.
1488 - Bartholomeu Dias reaches the Cape of Good Hope at the tip
1492 - Queen Isabella of Spain sponsors Christopher Columbus to find
a route to India.
1498 - Vasco da Gama goes around the cape and across the Indian
Ocean to reach India (Calicut).
John Cabot makes a voyage to North America.
1499 - Amerigo Vespucci lands in America.
1500 - Cabral reaches South America (Brazil)
1510 - Goa becomes the capital of the Portuguese Eastern Empire.
1513 - Balboa crosses the Isthimus of Panama.
1515-1547 - The French king Francis I extends his colonies to Canada
and the Mississipi Valley.
1517 - The Portuguese reach China.
1519 - Hernando Cortez discovers Mexico.
1534-1541 - Jaques Cartier carries out explorations in North America.