Early Explorers

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  • 1000

    Leif Erikson

    Leif Erikson
    1st Europeon to reach America
  • 1487

    Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, sailed for Portugal

    Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, sailed for Portugal
    Portugal southward made it to the bottom of Africa
    -Discovering the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope
  • 1492

    Christoper Columbus sailed for Spain

    Christoper Columbus sailed for Spain
    Tried to reach Asia by sailing west across Atlantic, landed in the Americas but believed he had reached Asia
  • 1493

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain
    His second voyage to the Americas across Atantic Ocean
  • 1497

    John Cobat sailed for England

    John Cobat sailed for England
    He took a northern sea route to Asia. He landed on the coast on present-day Newfoundland.
  • 1498

    Vasco De Gama sailed for Portugal

    Vasco De Gama sailed for Portugal
    1st to sail around Africa all the way to Asia
  • 1498

    Christoper Columbus sailed for Spain

    Christoper 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
    He sailed along the coast of South America. He took such good notes about the coast that mapmakers were convinced that this was not Asia and named the new land "America" in Amerigo's honor.
  • 1500

    Pedro Alaveras Cabral sailed for Portugal

    Pedro Alaveras Cabral sailed for Portugal
    On his way Around Africa it went to wide and and ended up in Brazil, South America
  • 1502

    Christoper Columbus sailed for Spain

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

    Vasco Nunez de Baldoa sailed for Spain

    Vasco Nunez de Baldoa sailed for Spain
    He travels through Spouth America and is the 1st European to see the Pacific Ocean (largest ocean on Earth)
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon- Sailed for Spain

    Juan Ponce de Leon- Sailed for Spain
    He went looking for 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 conqured the Aztec.
  • 1521

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain

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

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for France

    Ferdinand Magellan  sailed for France
    He looked for a northern route. He explored the coast of North America from present-day Nova Scotia down to the Carolinas.
  • Period:
    1528
    to
    1536

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca

    accopained by Estevanico (a slave) and others. explored the North American Southwest looking for the ledgendary gold and did not find it.
  • 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
    He sailed up the Lawerence River hoping it would lead to the Pacific. He did not make it to the Pacific, but he discovered a mountain peak hat he named Mont-royal which means "Royal Mountain".
  • 1539

    Herando de Soto

    Herando de Soto
    explored Florida and North Carolina, 1st European to cross the Mississippi River
  • Period:
    1540
    to
    1542

    Francisco Vasquez de Coranado

    in North American Southwest, discovered the Grand Canyon
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo Sailed for Spain

    Juan Cabrillo Sailed for Spain
    He explors up from Mexico and goes into modern day California
  • Henry Hudson sailed for Dutch

    Henry Hudson sailed for Dutch
    He sailed North on the Hudson River (named after him) as far as the site of present-day Albany, New York.
  • Henry Hudson sailed for England

    Henry Hudson sailed for England
    He discovered a bay now named Hudson Bay. Thinking he had reached the Pacific, Hudson spent months looking for an outlet.
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette sailed for France

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette sailed for France
    They traveled the Mississippi River by canoe. They were hoping to fine precious metals. They were looking for a Northwest passage.
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle sailed for France

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