Historical Explorations #1

Answer these questions about the Spanish and Portuguese explorations of the 15th and 16th century.
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Last updated: September 17, 2019
First submittedSeptember 16, 2019
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Which empire blocked the trade with India, encouraging the European powers to find new routes?
Ottoman Empire
Which continent did the Portuguese try to go around to reach India?
Africa
What Portuguese explorer reached India first?
Vasco Da Gama
In what year did he reach India?
1498
What city did he reach?
Calicut
Which Portuguese prince financed these expeditions?
Henry the Navigator
What ocean did the Spanish try to traverse to get to India?
Atlantic Ocean
What continent did the Spanish actually land on?
The Americas
Who discovered this new continent?
Christopher Colombus
In what year did he reach this new continent?
1492
Who was the first to claim that this was a new unknown continent?
Amerigo Vespucci
Which explorer attempted to circumnavigate the world first, but died during the journey?
Ferdinand Magellan
In what year did he die?
1521
Who succeeded him and finished the first journey around the world?
El Cano
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Level 70
Sep 16, 2019
Great idea for a quiz. I look forward to others in the series. Just one quibble: "Who discovered this new continent?" Understanding that this question excludes the indigenous peoples, isn't the real answer Leif Erikson?
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Level 61
Sep 16, 2019
Also Columbus technically never landed on the continent, he only explored islands around the continent, but still great quiz!
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Level 56
Sep 17, 2019
I knew there would be people saying this but I think, although it is wrong, everyone will understand who the question is referring to. Columbus did discover the Americas for Spain too, so it's not completely wrong.
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Level 60
Sep 17, 2019
Love the quiz, could you maybe add a type in for the americas and put north America? As the Caribbean is mostly paired up with north america.
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Level 56
Sep 17, 2019
Done. Thanks for pointing this out!