1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to

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It suddenly occurred to the King that this was the man for his command, and, calling Vasco da Gama, he offered him the command at once. In Portugal, Vasco da Gama was busy integrating Europe into the Indian Ocean Trade by sailing around Africa. The United States has many plans to celebrate. Great time today with 9 people ages 13-53. An avid researcher, author, and writer of technical papers, Ballard used the fame that came with the discovery of Titanic to launch the JASON Project to educate schoolchildren about undersea explorations; through satellite links, the students can view the findings of submersibles as they work and even help manipulate it.

Juan Ponce de Leon (Great Hispanic Heritage)

Louise Chipley Slavicek

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That well was abandoned because the drillers needed to find water, not oil. But, for some unknown reason, this was impossible, and the travellers made their way north-eastwards to the country about the sources of the river Oxus. In the early 20th century, Macedonia, Crete and the Eastern Aegean islands were also attached to the Greek state after the First World War. The coconut is indigenous to the Indo-Malaysian region.

Magellan: And the First Voyage Around the World

Nancy Smiler Levinson

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The Beagle 2 was also scheduled to land on December 25, 2003; however, ground controllers have been unable to communicate with the probe. About this time comes a story—it may be fact or it may be fiction—that the Phoenicians had sailed right round Africa. They believed that their world was just a very little world with no other occupants than themselves. Knowing that, when a straight line crosses two parallel lines, the opposite angles formed are equal, he then knew what the angle was between his pole, the center of the earth, and the deep well.

Opening Up North America, 1497-1800 (Discovery and

Caroline Cox, Ken Albala

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The propeller and rudder could be hoisted out of the way to prevent ice damage. With the Arab caravan he travelled almost incessantly zigzagging through the wonderful Manyuema country until, after a year's wandering, he finally reached the banks of the Lualaba (Congo) on 31st March 1871. This resulted in Portugal controlling the spice trade for most of the 16th century. Athens and Sparta were the most powerful city-states in ancient Greece and the other city-states were actually allied to one or the other of these two towns.

The Victorian Era (World History Series)

John F. Wukovits

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The resolution to this occurred in 1494 at the Treaty of Tordesillas, creating, after long and tense diplomatic negotiations between the Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, a dividing line 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. His charts were accurate, his writings informative and detailed. It was not till the end of July that he reached his goal. "Here at last," he says, "I stood on the brink of the Nile, most beautiful was the scene, nothing could surpass it—a magnificent stream from six hundred to seven hundred yards wide, dotted with islets and rocks, the former occupied by fishermen's huts, the latter by crocodiles basking in the sun.

Finding the Lost Cities

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Banks remembered well his visit to Botany Bay with Captain Cook in 1770, and he now urged the dispatch of convicts, hitherto transported to America, to this newly found bay in New South Wales. How did they topple civilizations using only a handful of men? From a twelfth-century MS. "This is indeed the true way to make a map," says a modern writer. "If these old maps erred in the course of their rivers and the lines of their mountains and space, they are not so misleading as your modern atlas with its too accurate measurements.

The Curse of King Tut (Mystery Library)

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He had proposed marriage in order to expand his realm of influence and win back wayward England to Catholicism. Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian-born explorer who explored the mainland of America at the end of the 15th century. Speke now spread open the map of the missionaries and inquired of the natives where the enormous lake was to be found. Within a year of the passing of the Quebec Act, the rebelling 13 Atlantic colonies sent two armies north to capture the "fourteenth colony."

Space Exploration (Exploring Science and Medical

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Some thirty days' journey from the land of the lotus-eaters he had found tribes who hunted with four-horse chariots and whose oxen walked backwards as they grazed, because their horns curve outwards in front of their heads, and if they moved forwards these horns would stick in the ground. The first woman in space was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. The Exploration in offshore regions which had started in 1961 remained limited to the drilling of only eleven exploratory wells of which nine were located in the Indus offshore and two off the Makran Coast.

California's Gold Rush (Essential Events (ABDO))

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Unfortunately, Amundsen had already been there and left a flag marking the spot. His poor poodle was drowned in a marsh and his medicine-chest was stolen. According to Bernardino de Sahagun, he expressed doubts as to whether the natives really were converting. Constitution (read the full-text here) is the greatest document for personal freedom ever written by man. Although more prosperous under this administration, the French empire failed to match the wealth of New Spain or the growth of neighboring British colonies.

The First Transcontinental Railroad (Jackdaw)

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Although the Rockies still barred the overland route to the western ocean, the Pacific coast of Canada was visited by sea in 1778, when Capt. Soon visitors from the fort and the gristmill, and men from the scattered Sacramento Valley ranches began to come to do a little "prospecting." And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow. While in Spain, Vespucci was drawn to the excitement surrounding the growing interest in exploration.