Chapter 2 Age Early Exploration

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In History
  • 1000

    Leif Eriksson

    Leif Eriksson
    Leif Eriksson explored lands west of Greenland in about the year 1000.
  • 1487

    Bartholomeu Dias

    Bartholomeu Dias
    Bartholomeu Dias set out from Lisbon with 2 small caravels and a supply ship.
  • Aug 3, 1493

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Columbus set sails from Palos, he had 2 small ships, the Nina and the Pinta, and a larger one, the Santa Maria.
  • 1497

    Vasco Da Gama

    Vasco Da Gama
    Vasco Da Gama set sail from Portugal with four ships, headed for Africa.
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    Italian sailor John Cabot, sailing for the English, searched for a passage to the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Canada and Newfoundland. This became the basis of England's claim to North America.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    Amerigo Vespucci led a voyage funded by Spain.
  • 1500

    Pedro Alvares Cabral

    Pedro Alvares Cabral
    Pedro Alvares Cabral, Portuguese navigator who is generally credited as the first European to reach Brazil.
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    Vasco Nunez de Balboa was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    Cortes conquered the Aztec Empire that has ruled the region.
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who was sailing for Spain, reached the southernmost tip of South America.
  • 1521

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    Francisco Pizarro controlled most of the vast and wealthy Inca Empire while Cortes went to jail.
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Varrazano

    Giovanni de Varrazano
    Giovanni de Varrazano explored the coast of North America from present-day Nova Scotia down to the Carolina's.
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was part of a Spanish expedition to Florida.
  • 1534

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    Frenchman Jacques Cartier sailed down the Saint Lawrence river all the way to present-day Montreal, claiming lands for France.
  • 1538

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    Hernando de Soto led an expedition to explore Florida and what is today the southern of United States.
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado travels took him through northern Mexico and present-day Arizona and New Mexico, until his expedition reached a Zuni settlement in 1540.
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo

    Juan Cabrillo
    The Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo was first to sight what we know call California in 1542.
  • 1565

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    Juan Ponce de Leon exploration led to the first Spanish settlement in what is now United States- a fort the Spanish built at St. Augustine, Florida in 1565.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    The English captain Henry Hudson led Dutch expedition to present-day New York.
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette
    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette traveled the Mississippi River by canoe.
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle
    Robert Cavelier de La Salle followed the Mississippi all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. He claimed the region for France, calling it Louisiana in honor of Louis XIV.