Early Explorers

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  • Jan 1, 1000

    Leif Erickson

    Leif Erickson
    A Norse explorer from Iceland. He is thought to have been the first known European to have set foot on continental North America (excluding Greenland), approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus.
  • Mar 22, 1455

    Prince Henry the Navigator

    Prince Henry the Navigator
    Prince Henry the Navigator in the 15th century European Maritime discoveries and maritime expansion.
  • Aug 1, 1486

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    in 1488, sailed from portugal southward made it to the bottom of Africa.discovering the southern tip of Africa, the cape of good hope.
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    He was determined to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia, but he never did. Instead, he stumbled upon the Americas. Though he did not really “discover” the New World—millions of people already lived there—his journeys marked the beginning of centuries of exploration and colonization of North and South America.
  • May 26, 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 Englands claim to North America.
  • Jul 8, 1497

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama
    in 1497 , sailed all around Africa and all the way to India, winning the European race for a sea route to Asia.
  • May 14, 1501

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    America was named for Amerigo Vespucci, who sailed to South America in 1501.
  • Mar 1, 1508

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    Juan Ponce de Leon explored Florida in search of a Youth Fountain.
  • Sep 12, 1517

    Vasco Nunez de Balbo

    Vasco Nunez de Balbo
    Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed central America to discover the Pacific Ocean.
  • Sep 20, 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    Ferdinand Magellan headed an Expedition in 1519 that circumnavigated, the world.
  • Nov 8, 1519

    Hernando Cortes

    Hernando Cortes
    Explored Mexico in 1519, conquered the Aztecs.
  • Oct 3, 1524

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    Francisco Pizarro explored the Andes Mountains of South America and conquered the Inca Empire.
  • Sep 1, 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca accompanied by Estevanico, and others, explored the North American Southwest looking for 7 cities of gold.
  • Apr 1, 1539

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    Hernando de Soto explored Florida and North Carolina.
  • Feb 23, 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado explored North American Southwest looking for the 7 cities of gold and found the grand canyon.
  • Apr 20, 1541

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    Frenchman Jacques Cartier sailed down the Saint Lawrence river all the way to present-day Montreal, claiming lands for France.
  • Jun 27, 1542

    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo explored the West Coast of North America, undertaken on behalf of the Spanish Empire.
  • samuel de champlain

    samuel de champlain
    He made between 21 and 29 trips across the Atlantic Ocean, and founded Quebec, and New France, on 3 July 1608.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    The English captain Henery Hudson led a Dutch expedition to present-day New York in 1609.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    Henry Hudson explored the Arctic waters in 1610.
  • Rene-Robert De La Salle

    Rene-Robert De La Salle
    René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was a 17th-century French explorer and fur trader in North America. He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico