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The Age of Exploration

The Age of Exploration
The great Elizabethan Age of Exploration was at first dominated by the Portuguese and the Spanish. The Golden Age of Exploration also saw the emergence of English explorers such as Sir Francis Drake (1542-1596), Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618), Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539-1583), Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), Sir Richard Grenville (1541-1591) and Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594).

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Exploration Biography and Timeline
A biography, timeline, facts, pictures and information has been included about the most famous Explorers and their explorations who made such momentous voyages during the Age of Exploration. For specific facts and information about the clanisation of America please refer to our
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The Elizabethan Age of Exploration
The Elizabethan Age of Exploration! Many motives prompted the Age of exploration including Scientific curiosity, bred of the Renaissance spirit of free inquiry, the crusading spirit in which Europeans thrilled at the thought of spreading Christianity among heathen peoples. And the opportunities to acquire wealth, fame and power. The scientific improvements in Navigation during the Age of Exploration.

 
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The Elizabethan Explorers during the Age of Exploration
The Elizabethan Times saw the emergence of the bravest and skilful English seamen who revelled in the Renaissance Age of Exploration! New discoveries could bring untold riches in terms of gold and silver and spices - the Elizabethan explorers were searching for adventure, glory and wealth offered during the Age of Exploration! The Greatest English Explorers of the Age of Exploration were Sir Francis Drake , Sir Walter Raleigh , Sir Humphrey Gilbert , Sir John Hawkins , Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Martin Frobisher

 

English Explorers

 
 

Explorers Timeline covering the Age of Exploration
The Elizabethan Explorers Timeline, covering the Age of Exploration dates from the Early Explorers from 1000 - 1500 (this early Explorers Timeline provides a 'backdrop' to the achievements and voyages of discovery by the Renaissance and Elizabethan Explorers in the Age of Exploration) to the Timeline covering 1500 - 1600.

 
Spanish Explorers  
Christopher Columbus

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The Spanish Explorers in the Age of Exploration
The Renaissance saw the success of the Spanish explorers in acquiring monopolies on much of the Eastern spice trade and their expeditions to the New World brought great wealth and power to Spain during the Age of Exploration. Rodrigo de Bastidas, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Juan Diaz de Solis, Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro were the greatest Spanish Explorers in the great Age of Exploration.

 
European Explorers

 
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Picture of Ferdinand Magellan

 

Famous Pirates during the Age of Exploration
The Age of Exploration saw the emergence of some Famous Pirates and the Golden Age of Pirates! The lucrative slave trade, spice trade and the spoils of gold and silver encouraged the activities of Pirates. Many explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Martin Frobisher were referred to as pirates! Read about the real Pirates of the Caribbean!

Interesting Facts and Information about the Age of Exploration
Some interesting facts and information about the Age of Exploration

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Famous Pirates

 
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Picture of Blackbeard the Pirate

 

The Age of Exploration
Additional details, facts and information about the Age of Exploration can be accessed via the Elizabethan Era Sitemap and the links at the top of the page.

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