The Age of Exploration began in earnest with the first voyage of
Christopher Columbus in 1492 and ended, at least where present-day Virginians are
concerned, with the founding of Jamestown in 1607. When Columbus stumbled into two unknown continents, he
had been looking for a quick route to the Far East, and, for decades to come,
explorers focused on discovering that passage almost as much as they did on
exploiting the New World. Early in the sixteenth century, the Spania. . .
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