By Mr. Milbury
In the late 1400's and early 1500's, Europeans were searching for a fast route to sail to Asia. They wanted to trade for spices, silk, and other exotic items. It normally took over a year to travel over land from Europe to Asia and back, and the trip was often very dangerous.
While searching for a quick way to Asia, they found America. Eventually, Magellan found the route around the globe from 1519 to 1522.