Caravel Timeline

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  • c. 1440
    Development of the caravel sailing vessel in Portugal.
  • 1488
    The Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias uses caravel ships to make the first recorded sailing around the Cape of Good Hope.
  • 1492
    The caravels NiƱa and Pinta are part of the fleet of Christopher Columbus which reaches the Americas.
  • 1497 - 1498
    The caravel Matthew of John Cabot explores the eastern coast of Canada.