Age of Discovery
Time period spanning from 15th to 17th century. Markedly the point of time when Columbus found the New World, America.
Alternate name: Age of Exploration
The first video game about Age of Discovery was released in 1984.
Preluded by Marco Polo's journeys to the east (in 13th century) and later explorers to the orient that continued well into the 15th century. These were significantly slowed by the eruption of the Black Death in 14th century and the general slowness of land-based travel and trade at the time.