When: Sat., Feb. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The discovery of the Americas and subsequent opening of new trade routes with China, Japan and Australia opened a new world, offering astonishing possibilities. Flush with the euphoria of success, Columbus, conquistadors, and their emissaries reported lush landscapes and strange and unfamiliar sites. They took home samples of everything from seed pods and feathers to indigenous artifacts – fascinating curiosities for their European sponsors. Soon ships crisscrossed the oceans laden with commodities and trade goods from newly opened ports of call circumventing the globe.