Early explores

Timeline created by Williams Cameron
In History
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Lief Erikson

    Lief Erikson
    He went from Scandinavia to Iceland, to Greenland, then to North America.He was the first European to set foot on the new world. There was a stone found by the St. Lawrence river that proved his discovery.
  • 1349

    Prince Henry

    Prince Henry
    Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery.
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    He was the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa. He opened the sea route from Europe to Asia
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    He made European exploration and American colonization possible. He was an Italian explorer and navigator.
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    He was a Venetian explorer and navigator known for his voyage in 1497 to North America. He claimed land for Canada and England.
  • Jul 8, 1497

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama
    He was the first to link a route from Europe to Asia. He was the first to reach India by sea.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    He went on two voyages. One to Spain and the other to Portugal. He found Brazil and called it the New World.
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    He was the first European to lean an expedition to the Pacific ocean from the New world.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    Juan Ponce de León was a Spanish explorer. In 1508 he explored and settled Puerto Rico.
  • 1518

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    a Spanish conquistador and explorer who defeated the Aztecs and claimed Mexico for Spain.
  • Sep 20, 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    Magellan was a skilled sailor and naval officer. He lead a fleet of ships south to the Pacific ocean. His fleet reached the Philippines where he was killed in the Battle of Matcan.
  • 1526

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    He arrived in Peru and heard stories of a great ruler and his riches in the mountains.
  • 1528

    Alavr Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alavr Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    He landed in March 1528 near what is now Tampa Bay.
  • Apr 20, 1534

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    He explored the coast of Newfoundland and discovered Prince Edward Island.
  • 1539

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    He set out for North America and discovered the Mississippi River.
  • Sep 28, 1542

    Jaun Cabrillo

    Jaun Cabrillo
    He led the first European expedition that explored what is now the west coast of the United States.
  • Sep 22, 1554

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    He was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led a large expedition from Mexico to today's Kansas
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    He spent his career searching for different routes to Asia, but he ended up exploring and settling of North America.
  • Samuel de Champlain

    Samuel de Champlain
    He began exploring the new world in 1603. He was also the founder of the city Quebec and consolidator of the French colonies in the New world.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    Discovered the northern route to Asia by going north of Russia.
  • Rene-Robert De La Salle

    Rene-Robert De La Salle
    Led an expedition down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and claimed the regions.