8-29-07 history - US History-1500 Portugal will build a...

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US History 8/29/07 -1500 Portugal will build a trading post in Calicut India due to the voyage of Vasco de Gama around the continent of Africa -In the late 1500’s the English and Dutch will also set up a trading post in Calicut -1494 Portugal signs a treaty with Spain known as the Treaty of Tordesillas which drew an imaginary line of longitude 1100 miles west of the Canary Islands, everything east would belong to Portugal and everything to the west would belong to Spain -This becomes a key to Portugal’s fall from power because they essentially signed away the Americas to Spain -Christopher Columbus aka Cristofero Columbo made 4 voyages to the Americas between 1492-1502 -These voyages alter history, when Columbus died he still believed he had found the shortcut to India -Christopher Columbus believed that going west would lead him to India because of a misreading of an ancient Arab text which stated Japan is only 2400 nautical miles from the Canary Islands when in fact it is five times that distance -Chris takes his plan to many different rulers for backing including Portugal until finally in 1492 he was backed by Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain -He took three ships on this voyage the nina, pinta, and Santa Maria -The nina and pinta were both carabelles, the new ship technology of the time -The pinta is actually the nickname for the ship the real name was the Santa Clara, the nina is a nickname
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