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ADVENTURE SERIES

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

 

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We want to celebrate our heritage of ‘Exploration & Adventure’ by sharing tales of both past and new adventurers through our 'Adventurer Series'.

At Downton Distillery we embrace and embody the adventurous spirit that is within us all. Over the years I have been fortunate to meet many people who have the most wonderful tales to tell of travel, exploration, discovery, learnings and new beginnings. Not everyone is an explorer like ‘Bear Grylls’ in fact most are humble people like you or me. They have all believed in doing something different, departing from the well-worn path and discovering new experiences in all aspects of their lives. This series is about meeting these people understanding what makes them who they are.

“If you are unhappy with it, stop doing it. If you are dreaming about it, do it!”

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ADVENTURE SERIES LINKS

RAM

The Race Across America

Pole Trekking 3

THE ARTIC FIRE ANGELS

Six Female Firefighters Crossing Antarctica

THE WORLDS LARGEST DUNE

Namibia & it's Beauty

OUR EXPLORERS

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THE GOLDEN ERA OF DISCOVERY

For centuries explorers have been enticed by the wonders of the unknown, mythical cities and lands of gold.

The Golden Era of Discovery, or Age of Exploration is one of the most important events in the history of the western world and it was made possible with technological advancements that were important to this age. These were the adoption of the magnetic compass and advances in ship design.

The Era began in the early 15th century and continued until the end of the 17th century, and involved European explorers using their navigational skills to travel the world seeking new trade routes to distant trading partners in the Far East. Routes by land were slow whilst the sea offered quicker routes and larger cargos without the risk of brigands.

The Age of Exploration is considered to have occurred mostly with English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian explorers. These countries had ports and plenty of sea faring expertise allowing them to venture into the unknown.

China also had an Age of Exploration under the Yongle Emperor with Admiral Zheng He who lead some of the world’s largest fleets at this time containing 317 with 28,000 crew. But with the death of the Yongle Emperor in 1424 China ceased its exploration and focused on its own dynasties.

TIMELINE

Admiral Zheng He
1407

Chinese / Admiral Zheng He   

Opened routes from China to

India.


Columbus Golden Era
1492

Italian /Christopher Columbus

Discovered the New World. But Leif

Erikson landed in Canada in 1000.

 

Adventure exploration
1498

Portuguese / Vasco de Gama

First European to link Europe to Asia

by ocean.


 

 

Juan_Sebastian_Elcano
1522

Juan Sebastian

First European to circumnavigate

the world.

 

 

Sir-Francis-Drake Adventure Explorer
1580

English / Sir Francis Drake

First Briton to circumnavigate

the world.

 

 

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ADVENTURER OF THE MONTH

For centuries explorers have been enticed by the wonders of the unknown, mythical cities and lands of gold.

The Golden Era of Discovery, or Age of Exploration is one of the most important events in the history of the western world and it was made possible with technological advancements that were important to this age. These were the adoption of the magnetic compass and advances in ship design.

The Era began in the early 15th century and continued until the end of the 17th century, and involved European explorers using their navigational skills to travel the world seeking new trade routes to distant trading partners in the Far East. Routes by land were slow whilst the sea offered quicker routes and larger cargos without the risk of brigands.

The Age of Exploration is considered to have occurred mostly with English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian explorers. These countries had ports and plenty of sea faring expertise allowing them to venture into the unknown.

 

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