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Europe in the World, 1450-1600


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1405-21
Chinese voyages to the Indian Ocean under Zheng He
1492
Columbus lands in the Caribbean
1494
Treaty of Tordesillas divides the world
1488
Bartolomeu Dias rounds the southern tip of Africa, but turns back before reaching Asia
1497
Vasco de Gama reaches India; John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) leads the first English expedition to New World
1515
First sugar mill is built in western hemisphere
1521
Magellan is killed in the islands that become the Philippines; Cortés and his allies defeat the Aztecs
1532
Pizarro conquers the Inca Empire
1540s
Japanese lords allow the Portuguese to trade in Japan
1557
Archbishopric established in Portuguese Goa
1560s
Spanish silver fleet begins regular sailings to the Philippines