early explorers

Timeline created by Tierney/Stoner
In History
  • 1000

    Leif Erickson

    Leif Erickson
    he was the first known European to have set foot on continental North America approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus.
  • 1487

    bartolomeu dias

    bartolomeu dias
    discovered the southern tip of africa. he called it the "cape of good hope". he was sponsored by Portugal
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    he led 90 sailors in three ships on a voyage into the unknown.
  • 1497

    vasco da gama

    vasco da gama
    sailed all around Africa and all the way to india.
    Won the european race for a sea route to asia.
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    he landed on the coast of present day newfoundland.
  • 1498

    Pedro Alvares Cabral

    Pedro Alvares Cabral
    he found Brazil for Portugal.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    he led a voyage funded by spain
  • 1513

    vasco nuez de ballboa.

    vasco nuez de ballboa.
    bllbao was the first European to see and claim the pacific ocean
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    he made the first Spanish landing on the east coast of present day Florida in 1513.
  • 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    he landed on the east cost of new mexico on present day.within 2 years of time Cortes conquered the Aztec empire.
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    he sailed for spain
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Varrazano

    Giovanni de Varrazano
    he explored the coast of north america from present day nova Scotia down to the Carolina.
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

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

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    he led an army into the Inca capital in Cuzco,peru.
  • 1535

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    he sailed up the St.Lawrence river,hoping it would lead to the pacific.
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    his travels took him through northern mexico and present day Arizona and new mexico,until his expedition reached zuni.
  • 1541

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    he led an expedition to explore Florida and what is today the southern united states. he also crossed the Mississippi river describing it as swift an very deep.
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo

    Juan Cabrillo
    he first signed what is now California.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    they sent him to look for a passage
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette

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

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