Gone Galt asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 months ago

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. What other sailing expeditions were going on then that would have been important if not for Columbus?

For example, Columbus sailed west from Europe. Were there any sailing trips planned or attempted east from Asia?

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  • 10 months ago
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    There wasn't much else going on. 4 years before Columbus discovered America, Bartolomeu Dias became the first person to round the southern tip of Africa but that was about it. The Portuguese rejected Columbus's proposal for a voyage because of the route that Dias discovered, but the Spanish were willing to fund him because based on Columbus's calculations, his route would be a much shorter and easier route to India.

    There were no Asians planning any voyages because there was no demand for European goods in Asia, they were just interested in trading their goods for European gold and silver.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Read 1421 by Gavin Menzies

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Your inability to do a simple internet keyword search is appalling. You could have had the answer before you finished posting this question.


    Wikipedia is always a good resource. Here ya go lazybones:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Discovery  

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) reached the mainland of North America before Columbus. Cabot did in his second voyage in 1497, Columbus didn't until his fourth voyage in 1502. 

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  • Phil
    Lv 6
    10 months ago

    well yes there were many more voyages of exploration by Europeans in the 15th century, some before Columbus too. Many explorers many have not heard about.

    see this list from wiki.

    1418 – Portuguese explorers João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira discover Porto Santo Island in the Madeira archipelago.

    1419 – Gonçalves and Vaz discover the main island of Madeira.

    1427 – Diogo de Silves allegedly discovers the Azores.

    1434 – Gil Eanes passes Cabo de Não and becomes the first to sail beyond Cape Bojador and return alive.

    1444 – Dinis Dias reaches the mouth of the Senegal River.

    1446 – The Portuguese reach the mainland peninsula of Cape Verde and the Gambia River.

    1456 – Alvise Cadamosto and Diogo Gomes explore the Cape Verde Islands, 560 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde peninsula.

    1460 – Pêro de Sintra reaches Sierra Leone.

    1470 – Cape Palmas is passed.

    1472 – Fernão do Pó discovers the island of Bioko.

    1473 – Lopo Gonçalves is the first European sailor to cross the Equator.

    1474–75 – Ruy de Sequeira discovers São Tomé and Príncipe.

    1482 – Diogo Cão reaches the Congo River, where he erects a padrão ("pillar of stone").

    1485–86 – Cão reaches Cape Cross, where he erects his last padrão.

    1487–92 – Pêro da Covilhã travels to Arabia, to the mouth of the Red Sea, and then eastward by sail to the Malabar Coast (visiting Calicut and Goa on the Indian subcontinent). He later sails south along the east coast of Africa, visiting the trading stations of Mombasa, Zanzibar, and Sofala; on his return journey he visits Mecca and Medina before reaching Ethiopia in search of the mythical Prester John.

    1488 – Bartolomeu Dias rounds the "Cape of Storms" (Cape of Good Hope), at the southernmost tip of the African continent.

    1492 – Under the patronage of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus discovers the Bahamas, Cuba, and "Española" (Hispaniola), which are only later recognized as part of the New World.

    1493–94 – On his second voyage to the Americas, Columbus discovers Dominica and Guadeloupe, among other islands of the Lesser Antilles, as well as Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

    1497 – Under the commission of Henry VII of England, Italian explorer John Cabot discovers Newfoundland, becoming the first European to explore the coast of mainland North America since the Norse explorations of Vinland five centuries earlier.

    1497–98 – Vasco da Gama sails to India and back.

    1498 – On his third voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus discovers mainland South America.

    1499 – Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda explores the South American mainland from about Cayenne (in modern French Guiana) to Cabo de la Vela (in modern Colombia), discovering the mouth of the Orinoco River and entering Lake Maracaibo.

    1499 – Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci discovers the mouth of the Amazon River and reaches 6°S latitude, in present-day northern Brazil.

    1499 – João Fernandes Lavrador, together with Pêro de Barcelos, sight Labrador.

    1499 – Gaspar and Miguel Corte-Real reach and map Greenland.

    and that's just until the end of the 15th century.

    See further list of 1500 onwards in link below.


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