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Events

Caravel developed by Portuguese

1450

Marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella

1469

unites Spain

Bartolomeu Dias reaches Africa

1488

Christopher Columbus reaches Western Hemisphere (Bahamas)

1492

Columbian Exchange

1492 - 1750

Columbus returns to Hispaniola and brings animals

1493

Treaty of Toredesillas between Portugal and Spain

1494

Vasco de Gama reaches India

1498

Encomienda System

1503 - 1720

Juan Ponce de Leon explores Florida

1513

Vasco Nunez Balboa discovers Pacific Ocean

1513

Protestant Reformation

1517

1st Circumnavigation of Globe (Magellan)

1522