14 February 2008

Refresher Course

Mr. Menzies keeps talking about all these explorers, and it's been quite some time since I studied them in school. Therefore, I am taking all the European explorers that he mentions in the introduction and putting them in chronological order, with the stuff that they "discovered."

1488 - Bartolomeu Dias (page 33) rounds the Cape of Good Hope (southern Africa)

1498 - Vasco da Gama (page 33) becomes first European to reach India by sea.

1492 - Christopher Columbus (page 33) arrives in the Bahamas. (The Encarta link is a pretty long bio on Columbus & has some fun information. It says that there was a reward for sighting land, nearly a year's pay, & that Columbus dishonestly pocketed it himself. This fits with Mr. Menzie's depiction of Columbus & his brother as crooks.)

OK, I'll be back to add more explorers later, as they come up.


misskate said...

Oh man, I know what you mean! I have quite the list going in my book of centuries: Notable People in History. Pretty much any name that Mr. Menzies talks about goes in there. It has proven most useful as a review as I sometimes go for fairly long stretches between reading sessions.

Ritsumei said...

That's a really good idea. Maybe I'll have to find a way to add that sort of thing to my BoC too. Maybe a list ever few hundred years or something. Or have you got yours in the front? If I add too much to mine I'll have to get a larger binder. I did my pages on cardstock so they'd be a bit sturdier, and the 1 inch binder I've got is pretty full.

Ritsumei said...

Maybe you can bring yours up this weekend and we can compare notes?