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    Timeline of Lunar Exploration
  Timeline of Lunar Exploration
In this site I let my fascination with the Moon explode in an idiosyncratic chronology of advances in understanding of the Moon....
 
    The Age of Exploration
  The Age of Exploration
The desire to explore the unknown has been a driving force in human history since the dawn of time. From the earliest documented accounts, ancient civilizations have explored the earth by sea. Early adventurers were motivated by religious beliefs, th...
 
    The Silk Road
  The Silk Road
The Silk Road is an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world, as well as North and Northeast Africa and Europe. The term "Seidenstraße" (literal...
 
    Piracy Timeline
  Piracy Timeline
I have tried to gather most of the important events of piracy throughout history into a single time line....
 
    Herodotus, Father of History
  Herodotus, Father of History
Herodotus of Halicarnassus was a Greek historian who lived in the 5th century BC in Halicarnassus, Caria; Bodrum in modern Turkey. He is regarded as the "Father of History" in Western culture. He was the first historian known to collect his materials...
 
    Pytheas, Circumnavigated Britain
  Pytheas, Circumnavigated Britain
Pytheas was a Greek merchant, geographer and explorer from the Greek colony Massilia (today Marseille). He made a voyage of exploration to northwestern Europe around 325 BC. He probably travelled around a considerable part of Great Britain, circumnav...
 
    Zhang Qian, Explorer Central Asia
  Zhang Qian, Explorer Central Asia
Zhang Qian was an imperial envoy to the world outside of China in the 2nd century BC, during the time of the Han Dynasty. He was the first official diplomat to bring back reliable information about Central Asia to the Chinese imperial court, then und...
 
    Strabo, Greek Historian
  Strabo, Greek Historian
Strabo was a Greek historian, geographer and philosopher. Strabo is mostly famous for his 17-volume work Geographica, which presented a descriptive history of people and places from different regions of the world known to his era. Although the Geogra...
 
    Timeline of the Reconquista
  Timeline of the Reconquista
European Voyages of Exploration: Iberia was invaded in 711 by Muslim armies that succeeded in conquering most of the southern regions of the peninsula within seven years. This began a 700-year intermittent struggle for control over Iberia between the...
 
    The Viking Age
  The Viking Age
The Vikings were venturesome seafarers. From Denmark, Norway and Sweden they spread through Europe and the North Atlantic in the period of vigorous Scandinavian expansion (AD 800-1050) known as the Viking Age. Although they are often thought of prima...
 
    Leif Ericson, 1st to sail to North America
  Leif Ericson, 1st to sail to North America
Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer known to be the first European to have landed in North America (presumably in Newfoundland, Canada). It is believed that Leif was born about 970 in Iceland, the son of Erik the Red, a Norwegian explorer and outlaw. E...
 
    Marco Polo, Travels to China
  Marco Polo, Travels to China
Marco Polo was a Christian merchant from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo,...
 
    Ibn Battutah, Muslim Traveler
  Ibn Battutah, Muslim Traveler
Ibn Battuta, Muslim traveler from Tangier. No other medieval traveler is known to have journeyed so extensively. In 30 years (from c.1325) he made a series of journeys recorded in a dictated account. He traveled overland in North Africa and Syria to...
 
    Zheng He, the Chinese Admiral
  Zheng He, the Chinese Admiral
In 1405, Zheng was chosen to lead the biggest naval expedition in history up to that time. Over the next 28 years (1405-1433), he commanded seven fleets that visited 37 countries, through Southeast Asia to faraway Africa and Arabia. In those years, C...
 
    Prince Henry the Navigator
  Prince Henry the Navigator
Henry the Navigator was an infante of the Kingdom of Portugal and an important figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire. He was responsible for the early development of European exploration and maritime trade with other continents. Henry...
 
 

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