Early Explorers

Timeline created by Haglund C 3
In History
  • 1000

    Leif Ericsson

    Leif Ericsson
    He sailed and found new day north america
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu dias

    in 1488 sailed from portugal southward made it to the bottom of africa
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    he sailed and thought he located southeast china but was actually north america
  • 1497

    Vasco da Gama

    sailed all around Africa and all the way to India winning the European race for a sea route to Asia
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    he tried to find a shorter route for trading
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    he discovered the coast of south america and discovered it was separate continents
  • 1500

    Pedro Alvares Cabral

    Pedro Alvares Cabral
    led an expedition to the east indies
  • 1501

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    he crossed the caribbean coasts from the east of panama along the colombian coast
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    first Spanish landing on the east coast of present day Florida
  • 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    landed on east coast of present day New Mexico
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    he discovered the most southernmost tip of south america
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Varrazano

    Giovanni de Varrazano
    explored the coast of north america
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    was part of a Spanish expedition to Florida in 1528
  • 1531

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    led an army into Inca capital in Cuzco
  • 1535

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    Sailed up the St.Lawrence River in 1535
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    traveled through northern mexico and present day Arizona and new mexico
  • 1541

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    led an expedition to explore Florida and what is today southeastern United States
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo

    Juan Cabrillo
    first sited what is now California in 1542
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    He discovered the river that now bears his name and discovered the Hudson bay
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette
    Traveled the Mississippi river by canoe
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle
    followed the Mississippi river all the way to gulf of mexico