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Spurred by Asia. The riches of the Orient, particularly Balboa's discovery, adventurers probed the South spices, had been carried overland to Europe since American coast for the oceanic passage to the ancient times. Now, with the spread of Islam and west. Just eight years after Balboa became the the Moslem conquest of the Byzantine Empire, first European to look west onto the Pacific, and that route was closed to Christian Europe. This within a few months of his conquest of the event inspired the Spanish crown to sponsor the Aztecs, Hernan Cortes sent two expeditions to search for a new route west across the Atlantic search the Mexican coast.
Their mistake had tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Frobisher, with a diminished, sickly crew barely able to work the ship, lured a man in his kayak close to the side of Gabriel with the promise of a bell. As the unsuspecting Inuk reached for the bell, Frobisher pulled him, kayak and all, onto the deck. With a captive as proof they had reached the Arctic, the English retreated. " One of these tokens was a heavy black rock, "much lyke to a "Frobisher's Straightes," as seen and mapped by the Elizabethans.
When the rock was found to be worthless, it was used in a variety of building projects in Dartford, Kent, where blocks of it are still visible in some stone walls, particularly at the old Dartford Priory. Working with samples of the rock from Dartford, from Ireland (where the wrecked Emanuel left her ioo-ton cargo on the beach) and from Kodlunarn Island (the source), scientists D. D. Hogarth, P. W. Boreham andj. G. " Their analysis confirms that the preliminary high gold and silver counts of Elizabethan times were due either to incompetence or deliberate fraud.