Who were the following: Bartholomeu Dias, Vasco de Gama, Christopher Columbus, Leif Eriksson?
Bartholomeu Dias - In 1488 Portuguese sea captain Bartholomeu Dias reached the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa.
Vasco de Gama - Ten years later, Vasco de Gama rounded the Cape and sailed to India.
Christopher Columbus - an Italian navigator, had a different idea: Why not reach Asia via a westward sea route? He left Spain with three ships on August 3, 1492. He ended up on a Caribbean island.
Leif Eriksson - About the year AD 1000, Leif Eriksson led the Vikings to a land he named Vinland. Vinland was Newfoundland, in Canada. Eriksson became the first European known to have reached North America.