Early Explorers

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In History
  • 1000

    Leif Eriksson

    Leif Eriksson
    He raided countries in Europe creating large trading networks. In 1000 he was blown off course because of a storm. He was the first European to reach North America.
  • 1415

    Prince Henry the Navigator

    Prince Henry the Navigator
    He is the prince of Portugal. He founded a school for sailors. Studied navigation, map making, ship building, & astronomy. He also spent a lot of money on school and expeditions exploring the coast of Africa
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias Portuguese Sailor

    Bartolomeu Dias Portuguese Sailor
    He sailed from portugal southward made it to the bottom of africa. He was discovering the southern tip of africa, the Cape of Good Hope.
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    His voyages led to new exchanges between Europe, Africa And the Americans. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and reached a continent that was previously unknown to him. After Columbus 's voyages, other explorers sailed to the Americans.
  • 1497

    Vasco da Gama Portuguese Sailor

    Vasco da Gama Portuguese Sailor
    He sailed around Africa and all the way to india. Winning the European race for a sea route to asia.
  • 1497

    John Cabot Italian sailor

    John Cabot Italian sailor
    He was sailing for the english, searching for a passage to the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Canada and Newfoundland.
  • 1501

    AMerigo Vespucci

    AMerigo Vespucci
    On 1499 voyage, Vespucci sailed to the northern part of South America and into the Amazon River. He gave places he saw names like the "Gulf of Ganges" thinking as his explorer contemporaries did, that he was in Asia
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    He explored present-day florida in 1513 looking for the fountain of youth.
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balbo

    Vasco Nunez de Balbo
    He helped establish the first stable settlement on the South American continent at Darien, on the coast of the Isthmus of Panama. In 1513 while leading a expedition in search of gold, he sighted the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1519

    Hernando Cortes Conquistadors

    Hernando Cortes Conquistadors
    He explored mexico in 1519. He also conquered the Aztec.
  • 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    He became the first European to sail the Pacific Ocean, and the first to sail around the world. His voyages proved that the earth is round.
  • 1527

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    He was accompanied by Estevanico (a slave) and others, explored the North american Southwest looking for 7 cities of gold.
  • 1530

    Francisco Pizarro Conquistador

    Francisco Pizarro Conquistador
    Francisco explored the andes mountains of south america and conquered the Inca empire.
  • 1534

    Jacques Cartier

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

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    He explored Florida and North carolina. He also discovered the Mississippi river.
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    He discovered the Grand Canyon. Also in North american Southwest, looking for cities of gold.
  • 1542

    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
    He was a maritime explorer best known for investigations of the west coast of north america, undertaken on behalf of the spanish empire.
  • Samuel de Champlain

    Samuel de Champlain
    He began exploring North America in 1603, establishing the city of Quebec in northern colony of New France, and mapping the Atlantic coast and the Great Lakes, before setting into an administrative role as the de facto governor of New France in 1620.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    He made two unsuccessful voyages in search of an ice-free passage to Asia
  • Henry Hudson English captain

    Henry Hudson English captain
    He led a Dutch expedition to present-day New York in 1609
  • Rene-Robert de La Salle

    Rene-Robert de La Salle
    Claimed lands along the Mississippi River and in the Mississippi Valley.