Oct 9, 1002
Lief EricsonLief Ericson sails from Norway, discovers Greenland and Eastern Canada.
Aug 3, 1492
Christopher Columbus sails from SpainChristopher Columbus departs Spain seeking an easier route to India and China.
Oct 12, 1492
Christopher Columbus lands in AmericaChristopher Columbus discovers land in America. He stopped at an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.
Jun 24, 1497
John Cabot lands in CanadaJohn Cabot lands in Canada and makes first Canadian claim for England.
Mar 1, 1519
Hernan Cortez discovers Mexico.Hernan Cortez discovers Mexico. The Aztecs believed he was a God returning. Later in the year Cortez conquers the Aztecs and claims Mexico for Spain.
Oct 2, 1535
Jacques Cartier discovers St. LawrenceJacques Cartier discovers St. Lawrence, sails as far as present-day Montreal. Makes Canadian claims for France.
Henry Hudson discovers New YorkHenry Hudson discovers New York and sails up the river that now bears his name. He sailed as far north as present-day Albany.