Portugal's most enthusiastic supporter of exploration. The son of Portugal's King.
Vasco Da Gama
A Portuguese explorer who began exploring the east African coast in 1497.Found rare silks, and precious gems.
Treaty of Tordesillas
Spain and Portugal signed this to agree to honor the line that gave them an equal amount of land.
Dutch East India Company
A company founded by the Dutch in the early 1600s to establish and direct trade throughout Asia. Richer and more powerful than England's company, they drove out the English and Established dominance over the region.
Atlantic Slave Trade
The buying and selling of Africans for work in the Americas. It became a massive enterprise. Between 1500 and 1600 nearly 300,000 Africans were transported to the Americas.