Early explorers

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  • Mar 22, 1455

    Prince Henry the Navigator

    Prince Henry the Navigator
    Prince Henry the Navigator was not a navigator, he was an explorer that sponsored a great deal of exploration along the west coast of Africa. He explored the West coast of Africa between 1419 and 1460.
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias sailed from portugal

    Bartolomeu Dias sailed from portugal
    Bartolomeu Dias sailed from Portugal Southward, and made it to the bottom of Africa. He also discovered the Southern tip of Africa.
  • 1490

    Leif Erickson

    Leif Erickson
    Leif Erikson sailed off course on his way back to Greenland, and landed on the North American continent. where he explored a region he called Vinland.
  • Aug 13, 1492

    Christopher Columbus sallied for Spain

    Christopher Columbus sallied for Spain
    Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean in 1442. Then he sailed to Spain. He also made 4 trips across the Atlantic.
  • 1497

    Vasco da Gama sailed to Africa

    Vasco da Gama sailed to Africa
    Vasco da Gama sailed to Africa and all the way around Africa and all the way to India He won the European race for a sea route to Asia.
  • 1497

    John Cabot traveled by sea

    John Cabot traveled by sea
    John Cabot traveled by sea from Bristol to Canad. Which he at first was mistaken to think it was Asia. John made a claim to the North American land.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci sailed to the northern part of South America

    Amerigo Vespucci sailed to the northern part of South America
    Amerigo Vespucci sailed to the northern part of South America. He also went and sailed to the Amazon River.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon explored Florida

    Juan Ponce de Leon explored Florida
    Juan Ponce de Leon explored present day Florida in 1513. Trying to find the fountain of youth. Unfortunately, he did not succeed.
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balbo helped establish the first stable settlement

    Vasco Nunez de Balbo helped establish the first stable settlement
    Vasco Nunez de Balbo helped establish the first stable settlement in South America. while leading an expedition in search of gold, He discovered the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1519

    Hernando cortez explored Mexico

    Hernando cortez explored Mexico
    Hernando cortez explored Mexico in 1519. He also conquered the Aztecs.
  • 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    In search of fame and fortune, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain in 1519 with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands.
  • 1524

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    Francisco Pizarro was an explorer, who explored south America, and turned the land into Spain. He was best known for conquering the Incas and executing their leader.
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca explored North America

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca explored North America
    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca explored the North American south west looking for the 7 cities of gold. This event was taken place in 1528.
  • Apr 20, 1534

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    Jacques Cartier was the first European to explore the St. Lawrence River. Jacques Cartier is credited with giving Canada its name.
  • Apr 6, 1538

    Hernando de Soto explored Florida and north Carolina

    Hernando de Soto explored Florida and north Carolina
    Hernando de Soto explored Florida and north Carolina. In the works of doing that, he discovered the Mississippi river.
  • Feb 24, 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado tried finding the lost city of gold

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado tried finding the lost city of gold
    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado looked for cities of gold. But he was soon to find himself unsuccessful. Instead he ended up discovering the grand canyon.
  • Sep 28, 1542

    Juan Cabrillo discovered San Diego California

    Juan Cabrillo discovered San Diego California
    Juan Cabrillo discovered San Diego Bay. He was originally searching for the Strait of Anian, a mythical all-water route across North America.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    Henry Hudson took off for his first voyage west from England in 1607. He was hired to find a shorter route to Asia from Europe through the Arctic Ocean. He discovered Hudson Bay, Hudson River, and the Hudson Strait.
  • Samuel de Champlain

    Samuel de Champlain
    Samuel de Champlain explored North America in 1603. He was known as the "Father of New France". He also explored what is now northern New York, the Ottawa River, and the eastern Great Lakes.
  • Rene-Robert De La Salle

    Rene-Robert De La Salle
    Rene-Robert De La Salle was a French explorer in North America who led an expedition down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and claimed all. He claimed the region waters by the Mississippi river, and its tributaries for France and named it Louisiana after King Louis the XIV.