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3.6 Dates & Events

1245 - John of Plano Carpini was sent to the court of the Great Khan in Mongolia.

1260 - The Polo brothers reach the court of Kublai Khan in China.

1488 - Bartholomeu Dias reaches the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa.

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.

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3.0 Introduction
3.1 Importance of Geographical Discoveries
3.2 Causes of Geographical Discoveries
3.3 Early Travelers to the Far East
3.4 Important Geographical Discoveries
3.5 The Consequences of the Discoveries
3.6 Dates & Events
3.7 Points to Remember

Chapter 4


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