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Age of Exploration 

1420’s & 1430’s. 

Prince Henry the Navigation

	Begins to send expeditions along coasts of Africa. 

1498, Vasco da Gama rounds cape of Good Hope. 
	Goes to india, returns with 1000% profit. 

Explosion of voyages for Spanish. By 1509, they have defeated Ottoman ships in Indian ocean. 
By 1510, Portuguese base in Goa, India.

By 1600, Portuguese have set up their trading empire. 
West African (Gold Coast, Cameroon)
East Africa (Mozambique 
Macao (China) 

Not colonies yet, coastal trading cities. 

1492 - Christopher Columbus, (Italian) 
	Sails for Ferdinand and Isabella hoping to find India 

Runs into the Caribbean, Hispanolia