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Age of Discovery (1200-1600)

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  • Capt. John Smith, of Jamestown (1579 - 1631)
    Captain John Smith (c. January 1580 – June 21, 1631) Admiral of New England was an English soldier, explorer, and author. He was knighted for his services to Sigismund Bathory, Prince of Transyl...
  • D. Diogo de Azevedo Rodrigues (Diogo Roiz), (Capitão.) (c.1490 - 1577)
    Luso Este heroe do fanatismo morreu em 1577, e foi enterrado na capella mór da igreja de Nossa Senhora das Neves, de Rachol, lendo na campa: AQVI lAZ DIOGO RODRIGVES O DO FORTE CAPITÃO ...
  • Diogo Cão, o navegador (c.1450 - d.)
    Navegador Descobridor da foz do rio Zaire Fidalgo da Casa do Rei D. João II Teve carta de armas a 14.4.1484. Diogo Cão foi um navegador português do século XV que ...
  • Ferdinand Magellan, Navigator (1480 - 1521)
    Ferdinand Magellan (Portuguese: Fernão de Magalhães; Spanish: Fernando de Magallanes; c. 1480 – April 27, 1521) was a Portuguese explorer. He was born in Sabrosa, in northern Portu...
  • Sir Humphrey Gilbert (c.1539 - 1583)
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert (c. 1539 – 9 September 1583) [1] was an English adventurer, explorer, member of parliament, and soldier from Devon, who served the crown during the reign of Queen Elizabeth ...

The Age of Discovery is seen as a bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern era, along with its contemporary Renaissance movement, triggering the early modern period and the rise of European nation-states. Accounts from distant lands and maps spread with the help of the new printing press fed the rise of humanism and worldly curiosity, ushering in a new age of scientific and intellectual inquiry. European overseas expansion led to the rise of colonial empires, with the contact between the Old and New Worlds producing the Columbian Exchange: a wide transfer of plants, animals, foods, human populations (including slaves), communicable diseases, and culture between the Eastern and Western hemispheres, in one of the most significant global events concerning ecology, agriculture, and culture in history. European exploration spanned until accomplishing the global mapping of the world, resulting in a new world-view and distant civilizations acknowledging each other, reaching the most remote boundaries much later.

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