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Post  Joshua T on Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:08 pm

Portuguese Expeditions:
-Gilianes (1433) sailed south along the West coast of Africa.
-Diogo Cam (1482-1486) explored the mouth of the Congo River and part of the West African coast.
-Vasco da Gama (1497-1498) reached India by sailing around Africa.
-Pedro Alvarez Cabral (1500) reached the coasts of Brazil.
-Gaspar Corte-Real (1500) explored the Northeast coast of Labrador.
-Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo (1542-1543) discovered the bay of San Diego.
-Bartolomeu Dias (1488) explored South African bays.

Spanish Expeditions:
-Cristobal Colon (1492-1504) discovered the Americas.
-Vincente Yanez Pinzon (1499-1500) explored the mouth of the Amazon River and the coast of Brazil.
-Rodrigo de Bastidas (1501) explored Central America.
-Juan Ponce de Leon (1513) discovered and explored Florida.
-Hernan Cortes (1519-1536) explored the eastern coast of Mexico.




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Post  Mira W. on Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:31 pm

It is interesting to see how many explorers came from both Spain and Portugal, especially when you notice the way still it affects societies today. Take for example Brazil, where the language is Portuguese, or America, where the second most popular language is Spanish. A whole continent was named after a sole geographer: Amerigo Vespucci! If another country had the resources to go exploring, we may call these countries a whole other name, and it would have changed the course of history. Strange to think how even the smallest things can change the world forever, and how different things would be, had they not happened a certain way. If Catherine had a son, England probably would have stayed Catholic. If another explorer found America first, we would call it something entirely else.

I wonder if any of us will have such an impact on the world. If you think about it, while we might not be influencing the whole world on such a scale, we are making a difference in the lives of those around us. The smallest thing - a smile, a hug, a tiny act of kindness - can change someone's day. There are so many stories about teen suicides, who end their lives because they had no one. If one of their classmates decided to befriend them, to show them the smallest bit of support, they might still be alive. But people are selfish and quick to judge. And who knows? Maybe their great-great-great-grandchildren might have been the next Einstein. But now? We won't ever find out.

So think about the way you impact the lives of those around you. You might not see it, but little by little, you are changing lives.
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Re: Portuguese and Spanish Explorations/Expeditions

Post  CicelyS on Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:37 pm

It must have been a great achievement that Spain and Portugal were the first to begin the exploration. Obviously them being on the coast would have helped them advance faster but did them being neighbors also help? You would think that the news and inventions would have spread across the borders so they were both equally prepared, whether it was intentional or not.
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Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:49 pm

The Spanish where the first to pursue colonization, they started in the Caribbean, and then moved towards Central and South America. The most important was conquest of Aztecs by Cortez (1521) and Incas by Pizarro (1531). First permanent colonies in what would become United States are founded by Spain.
The Portuguese sailors sailed to the southern tip of Africa to get to India. Once they came back to Portugal, they made a large profit from the cargo of spiced they contained from India. The Spanish had made an amazing discovery by Christopher Columbus. He believed that if he sailed west, the whole time, he would end up in Asia, but he ended up in America.
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Post  Gloria H. on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:58 am

was he the one who conquered and discovered the incas in mexico or the aztecs?

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Post  Romane D. on Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:24 pm

Gloriaa! To answer your question, Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztecs in 1521, and the Incas were conquered by Pizarro in 1531, another Spanish explorer.
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