Early Explorers

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  • 1000

    Leif Eriksson

    Leif Eriksson
    First European to get to Native America.
  • 1487

    Bartolomeau Dias sailed for Portugal

    Bartolomeau Dias sailed for Portugal
    Sailed to the bottom of Africa (The tip of Africa) the Cape of Good Hope
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain
    Sailed to North America, across the Atlantic Ocean, believed he had reached Asia.
  • 1493

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain
    His second voyage across the Atlantic ocean
  • 1497

    Vasco Da Gama sailed for Europe

    Vasco Da Gama sailed for Europe
    Sailed all around Africa and all the way to India,
    winning the European race for a sea route to Asia.
  • 1497

    John Cabot sailed for England

    John Cabot sailed for England
    John Cabot was sent to look for a northern sea route to Asia, but landed in present day Newfoundland.
  • 1498

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain
    His 3rd voyage to the Americas across the Atlantic ocean
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci sailed for Spain

    Amerigo Vespucci sailed for Spain
    Sailed along the coast of South America. He took such good notes about the coast the mapmakers were convinced this was not Asia. They named the land America in his honor
  • 1500

    Pedro Alavres Cabral sailed for Portugal

    Pedro Alavres Cabral sailed for Portugal
    He was trying to go to Africa but ended up in Brazil, South America
  • 1502

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus sailed for Spain
    His 4th and final voyage to the Americas across the Atlantic ocean
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa sailed for Spain

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa sailed for Spain
    He travels through central America and is the 1st European to see the Pacific Ocean
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon sailed for Spain

    Juan Ponce de Leon sailed for Spain
    He went looking for the Fountain of Youth in modern day Florida.
  • 1519

    Hernando Cortes- sailed for Spain

    Hernando Cortes- sailed for Spain
    Went into Central America(modern day Mexico) and conquered the Aztec.
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain
    He circumnavigated the globe. It took just under 3 years to do.
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Verrazano sailed for France

    Giovanni de Verrazano sailed for France
    Giovanni was sent to look for a northern route to Asia. He ended up exploring the coast of North America from present day Nova Scotia down to the Carolinas.
  • Period:
    1528
    to
    1536

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Accompanied by Estvancio and others, explored the North American Southwest looking for the city of gold.
  • 1532

    Francisco Pizzaro sailed for Spain

    Francisco Pizzaro sailed for Spain
    He went to South America and conquered the Inca Empire
  • 1535

    Jacques Cartier sailed for France

    Jacques Cartier sailed for France
    Jacques sailed up the St. Lawrence river hoping it would lead to the Pacific, but ended up finding a mountain peak he called Mont-royal.
  • Period:
    1539
    to
    1542

    Hernando de Soto sailed for Spain

    Explored Florida and North Carolina.
  • Period:
    1540
    to
    1542

    Franciso Vasquez de Coronado

    In North American Southwest, discovered the Grand Canyon(in AZ)
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo sailed for Spain

    Juan Cabrillo sailed for Spain
    He explores up from mexico and goes into modern day California.
  • Henry Hudson sailed for the Dutch

    Henry Hudson sailed for the Dutch
    The dutch got Henry to look for a passage through the Americas. In his ship the Half Moon, he sailed through the Hudson River but he decided he never found India, and went back.
  • Henry Hudson sailed for the England

    Henry Hudson sailed for the England
    England sent Hudson to try again a year later, on the trip he discovered Hudson Bay. His crew became inpatient and set Hudson, his son, and a few sailors a drift in a small boat, never to be seen again.
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette sailed for France

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette sailed for France
    The two sailed the Mississippi River.
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle
    He followed the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.