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What trade route were most explorers looking for during the age of exploration?

What trade route were most explorers looking for during the age of exploration?

The sea route east by south to Cathay. Henry the Navigator, prince of Portugal, initiated the first great enterprise of the Age of Discovery—the search for a sea route east by south to Cathay. His motives were mixed.

What route did the Spanish explorers take?

The most direct route was through the Mediterranean Sea, but the eastern end of that waterway was controlled by Turkey, a Muslim foe of the Europeans. Portugal was the first country to send explorers eastward. Financed by merchants, they traveled down the African coast in search of gold and ivory.

What route did explorers look for to Asia?

How did explorers travel out west?

European explorers used another tool for figuring out direction—a compass. The compass (left) and the astrolabe (right) were used in the 1500s. These tools helped explorers sail across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. A compass did not tell the navigator where he was.

How did explorers travel?

Which explorers helped find new routes to India and the East?

The Portuguese nobleman Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed from Lisbon in 1497 on a mission to reach India and open a sea route from Europe to the East.

Which Explorer took the southernmost route across the Indian Ocean?

explorer Bartolomeu Dias
In 1488, Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (c. 1450-1500) became the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa, opening the way for a sea route from Europe to Asia.

Why did Christopher Columbus sail west instead of east?

Columbus wanted to find a new route to India, China, Japan and the Spice Islands. Columbus knew that the world was round and realised that by sailing west – instead of east around the coast of Africa, as other explorers at the time were doing – he would still reach his destination.

What is the route of the Northwest Passage?

Where Is the Northwest Passage? The Northwest Passage spans roughly 900 miles from the North Atlantic north of Canada’s Baffin Island in the east to the Beaufort Sea north of the U.S. state of Alaska in the west. It’s located entirely within the Arctic Circle, less than 1,200 miles from the North [JR1] .

Do ships use the Northwest Passage?

Potential as a shipping lane On August 21, 2007, the Northwest Passage became open to ships without the need of an icebreaker. According to Nalan Koc of the Norwegian Polar Institute, this was the first time the Passage has been clear since they began keeping records in 1972.

Who Mapped the West for the United States?

One of the main officers and explorers in this unit was George Wheeler. In 1872, the US Congress authorized an ambitious plan to map the portion of the United States west of the 100th meridian at a scale of 8 miles to the inch.

Who explored the west coast of the Americas?

In 1542, Cabrillo became the first European to explore the west coast of today’s United States, leading the expedition that landed at San Diego Bay, and continued north along the coast up to Punta del Año Nuevo, 37° 10′ north of Monterrey.

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