Europe Reaches Out - The Age of Exploration

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

The Modern Demographic World

Entire populations and cultures have been transplanted in recent centuries.

Factors in Exploration

Major Events in Exploration.

Strange ideas were not so strange

It may seem bizarre that Cartier could sail up the St. Lawrence hoping to reach China, but for the time the idea was not so unreasonable:

Individual Stories

As important as any geographical discoveries must have been the individual impact of contact (direct or vicarious) with distance parts of the world. By any standards, the two that follow are remarkable.

Peter Carder

One of an eight-man party sent ashore on Tierra del Fuego by Francis Drake to gather supplies (1587). A storm scattered Drake's fleet and the shore party was given up as lost. The shore party started back up the east coast of South America in their open boat. Carder alone reached Brazil and eventually England. It took him nine years.


(Better known as Squanto). A native American who had been trading with English ships that stopped in New England enroute to Jamestown. He was captured and taken to Spain to be sold as a slave, but was ransomed by Spanish friars. He made his way from Spain to England and obtained passage on a ship back to North America. He found that his tribe had been wiped out by disease in the meantime. When the Pilgrims arrived (1620), Tisquantum provided them with survival information, and they provided him with a group to belong to.

Technology and the Age of Exploration.

Innovations that aided exploration

Innovations derived from exploration.

The Longitude Problem and spinoffs from it.

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