Early Explorer's

Timeline created by Salty Odell
In History
  • 1000

    Leif Eriksson

    Leif Eriksson
    He was a Viking sailor who left Scandinavia and landed in present day Canada. He was the first European in North America.
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    Discovered the tip of Africa; and named it the "Capes of Good Hope". He was sponsored by Portugal.
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    He tried to reach Asia by sailing west across the Atlantic, but he landed in the Americas. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1497

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama
    He found a sea route to Asia and sailed along the coast of Africa, all the way to India. He was sponsored by Portugal.
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    He looked for a passage to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    He explored the east coast of Africa. He was funded by Spain.
  • 1500

    Pedro Alvares Cabral

    Pedro Alvares Cabral
    He continued da Gama's route. He also claimed Brazil for his King.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    He explored present day Florida while he was looking for the "Fountain of Youth". He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    He heard about the "great waters" beyond the mountains of Panama. He hiked through rain forests to find them.
  • 1519

    Hernando Cortez

    Hernando Cortez
    Conquered the Aztec and explored Mexico. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    Sailing for Spain, He reached the Southernmost tip of South America.
  • 1520

    Giovanni de Varrazano

    Giovanni de Varrazano
    Sent to explore the East coast of North America for a passage to the Pacific.
  • 1524

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    He explored the Andes Mountains in South America and conquered the Inca Empire. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    He explored Northwest part of North America with a slave named Estevanico. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1535

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    Sailed down the Saint Lawrence river to present day Montreal.
  • 1539

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    He explored to Florida and North Carolina. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    He Discovered The Grand Canyon in present day Arizona. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1542

    Bartolome de Las Casas

    Bartolome de Las Casas
    He was a Spanish priest. His reports convinced Spanish leaders to pass the New Laws.
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo

    Juan Cabrillo
    He explored present day California.
  • Juan de Onate

    Juan de Onate
    He traveled up from Mexico and founded the Province of New Mexico.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    Led a dutch expedition to present day New York.
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette
    Were fur traders, they traveled down the Mississippi river by canoe.
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle
    Followed the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.