Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, a Spanish port. His three ships were named the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina.Know More
When Christopher Columbus set sail on August 3, 1492, his goal was to find the western route to India, China and the spice islands of Asia. Columbus stumbled upon an island in the Bahamas, which he claimed for Spain. When he later landed on Cuba, he thought he reached mainland China. In December, he landed in Hispaniola, which he thought may be Japan.
When he returned to Spain in March 1493 with captured natives, spices and gold, he was honored by the Spanish court. Columbus continued his journeys west, traveling to and from the New World a total of four times during his lifetime.Learn More
Robert Boyle discovered and used "Boyle's Law" to explain that when a volume of gas is decreased, pressure increases in the same proportion. Using this observation, Boyle helped create the modern definition of an element. He also developed a test that aided in the differentiation of acids from bases.Full Answer >
On the explorer's first voyage to the New World in 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew landed at an island called Guanahani by the locals and named San Salvador by Columbus. It was located in the Bahamas, but as of 2014, Guanahani's modern counterpart is disputed.Full Answer >
Since the first landing of Christopher Columbus in 1492, Native Americans were grossly mistreated, with many of them being enslaved, forced to convert to Christianity or murdered. Queen Isabella of Spain had actually decreed that the Natives were to be treated as subjects of the Spanish empire, and would therefore have the same rights as citizens, although this was almost immediately ignored.Full Answer >
Captain James Cook was a British explorer who visited six of the seven continents in three voyages occurring between 1768 and 1779. He was the first European to encounter the eastern coastline of Australia and almost found Antarctica. Cook died in a skirmish over a stolen ship in Hawaii.Full Answer >