Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a yacht charter through the Caribbean UNESCO yacht charters. Dock in tiny port towns where loyalist tradition dictates tea and biscuits at 4:00pm, but where “wicked” means anything goes.
Dorset and East Devon Coast has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to their picturesque rocks carved by weather over millennia; here beaches, bays, landslides and cliffs reveal detailed histories about Earth.
1. The Age of Discovery
People commonly think of Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan when considering the Age of Discovery – seafaring expeditions which transformed European’s view of the world through exploration by sea. Yet these men weren’t alone: many merchants took full advantage of new knowledge about open ocean trade routes to expand trade links across Atlantic, Indian, Pacific Oceans as well as Asia and Africa.
European exploration formed links between Europe, Americas, Africa, India and Australia that eventually resulted in what is known as Columbian exchange – an exchange that involved plants, animals, foods, cultures, communicable diseases, human populations (including slaves ) and eventually religions being transferred between continents.
European maritime expansion was propelled by its pursuit of gold and spices, creating voyages which connected more closely the Atlantic with Pacific oceans than ever before. These voyages created the modern world as we know it today.
2. The Age of Exploration
We often associate the Age of Discovery with 15th century pioneers who pushed their ships through uncharted waters towards southern Africa, India and East Indies spice islands – however this was just the tip of an enormous oceanographic iceberg which opened up routes all across the globe.
These sea routes were instrumental to Europe’s rise as a maritime power, enabling European nations to trade globally without being subject to Spanish control of import goods through Americas. They marked the first time Atlantic and Pacific were connected.
Hugh Willoughby of England set sail from Texel with three ships in 1553 in search of the Northwest Passage above Siberia.
After reaching Williams Island where he reported spotting polar bears, however icebergs forced him back. Later attempts at traversing this passage followed in later centuries.
3. The Age of Exploration in Europe
Europe’s early modern period exploration was driven by various motives. Economic gain, for instance, was one of Christopher Columbus’ primary motivations for embarking on his voyages and was provided to him through financial support from patrons; while Marco Polo’s famed travels in China and Southeast Asia introduced Europeans to foreign peoples who had cultures they found exotic or luxurious.
Power was another primary motivator, as European powers sought to extend their control over distant regions and resources. Explorers looked for new lands to explore while gathering knowledge about new plants, animals, diseases and cultures – as well as mapping existing ones!
Exploration was another motivating force among European explorers like the Portuguese. Exploration efforts aimed at creating new routes for trade between Asia and Europe saw great strides taken through expeditions led by Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama who successfully circumnavigated Cape of Good Hope before sailing directly towards India, cutting out middle Eastern intermediaries while taking direct control over accessing this part of Asia for themselves.
4. The Age of Exploration in the Americas
Exploration of the Americas opened up new maritime trade routes. Silver from America began flowing back to Europe, while European colonization in Americas increased along with religion’s diffusion and artistic creativity across oceans.
Columbus’ first voyage to the Americas in 1492 inspired a revival in maritime exploration. Departing Palos de la Frontera with three ships — two large carracks (Santa Maria and Pinta), as well as one smaller caravel called Santa Clara — Columbus traveled via Canary Islands where he replenished supplies before embarking on what would prove an unforgettable journey.
Perkins&Will designed the USMMA Museum as a physical representation of Navy resilience. From its arrival experience to exhibits that highlight this capacity for adaptation, the building displays this power through every facet.
5. The Age of Exploration in Asia
The early fifteenth century marked the dawn of Europe’s Age of Exploration, an era characterized by European exploration of Africa, Asia and America via major oceans. Driven by technological innovations and the desire for new trade opportunities that would help European nations to become global powers.
European exploration was funded largely by national monarchs, royal families and cities that supported them. Different factors led to European maritime expansion; including an appetite for African and Asian goods like ivory, peppercorns and cotton. Furthermore, European countries sought ways to bypass Islamic trade powers that controlled exchange between east and west.
Portuguese seafaring and navigational skills were instrumental to building their powerful Atlantic trading empire. They were among the first to explore the Azores, West African coast and sail around its southern tip to India – eventually reaching India through Arabia, East Africa and Southeast Asia. Meanwhile the Yongle Emperor of Ming China sponsored long-range tributary missions which would eventually lead to Dutch and British explorations of Arctic regions seeking an alternate Northwest route into Asia.