When June arrived, and the ice had nonetheless not loosened its grip on the ship, scurvy-ridden survivors took two small boats out into the sea. Barentsz died at sea on 20 June 1597, while studying charts. It took seven more weeks for the boats to succeed in Kola the place they have been rescued by a Russian merchant vessel. Only 12 crewmen remained, reaching Amsterdam in November.
Subsequent developments to the eastEdit
In the same year Lourenço de Almeida landed in Sri Lanka, the eastern island named “Taprobane” in distant accounts of Alexander the Great’s and 4th-century BC Greek geographer Megasthenes. On the Asiatic mainland the primary factories (buying and selling-posts) have been established at Kochi and Calicut (1501) after which Goa (1510).
Since 1495, the French and English and, a lot later, the Dutch entered the race of exploration after studying of these exploits, defying the Iberian monopoly on … Read More