Early explores

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In History
  • 1000

    Leif Erikkson

    Leif Erikkson
    He was a viking sailor who left Scandinavia and landed in present-day Canada. He was the first European in North America.
  • 1487

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    Discovered the southern tip of Africa and he called it "Cape of good hopes" he was sponsored by Portugal
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    He tried to reach Asia by sailing West across the Atlantic, but he landed in the Americans. He was sponsored by Spain
  • 1497

    Vasco De Gama

    Vasco De Gama
    He found a sea route to Asia and sailed along the coast of Africa , all the way to India. He was sponsored by Portugal.
  • 1497

    John Cabot

     John Cabot
    Cabot left Bristol England on the Matthew a fast and able ship weighing 50 tons, with a crew of 18 men. Him and his crew sailed west and north because , he believed that the route to Asia would be shorter from northern Europe than Columbus's Voyage along the trade winds
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    He explored the coast of south America and realized it was a separate Continent, Calling it the Americas.
  • 1509

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    He left for Spain, he also took a voyage to panama, witch was a base for explorations into south america
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    He led the first Known European expedition to La Florida . He ended up landing somewhere along Florida's east coast, then charted the Atlantic coast down to the Florida keys and North along the Gulf coast
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    He crossed the Caribbean coasts from the east of panama, along the Colombian coast, through the gulf of Uraba toward Cabo de la Vela . The expedition continued to explore the north east of South America, Until they realized they did not have enough men and sailed to Hispaniola
  • 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    He Organised the Spanish expedition to the East indies, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the earth was completed by Juan Sebastian Elcano
  • 1520

    Pedro Alvares Cabral

    Pedro Alvares Cabral
    He was a Portuguese navigator who discovered Brazil . In 1500 , he led an expedition to the east indies of the rout pioneered by Vasco da Gama . To avoid contrary winds and currents , he took a west ward course in the Atlantic and touched on the coast of Brazil , witch he claimed for Portugal
  • 1521

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    He was a Spanish conquistador or conqueror, best remembered for conquering the Aztec empire, later in time he started to claim Mexico and Spain.
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Varrazano

    Giovanni de Varrazano
    He was an Italian explorer who charted the Atlantic Coast of North America between the Carolinas and new found land including new York harbor.
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    He and some other people traveled threw the american Southwest and ultimately reached mexico city , nearly 8 years after being wrecked on the island
  • 1534

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    He sailed on April 20th, with 2 ships and 61 men, and arrived 20 days later. He explored the west coast of Newfoundland, discovered Prince Edward Island and sailed through the Gulf of St. Lawrence , past Anticosti Island.
  • 1538

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    He set out for Spain in April, set with 10 ships and 700 men. He landed at Tampa bay in may, during the spring he led his men north through Georgia and west through the Carolinas and Tennessee, guided by Indians whom they captive along the way.
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo

    Juan Cabrillo
    The Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo discovers Sand Diego Bay While searching for the strait of Anian, A mythical all-water route across north America , in June he departed from the West Coast of mexico and sailed northward to probe the complex broken coastline of the pacific.
  • 1554

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    He was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led a large expedition from mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of the southwestern United States.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    He made 4 voyages in search of water route to the far East . His first 2 voyages were through Arctic waters and proved to be unsuccessful due to ice . His 3rd and 4th voyages were north America where he discovered and sailed the Hudson River , Hudson Strait, and Hudson Bay .
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette

     Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette
    They both departed from St. Ignace, Michigan with two canoes and five other voyageurs of french Indian ancestry . The group sailed to Green Bay. They then paddled upstream( southward ) on the fox River to the site now Known as portage , Wisconsin .
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle
    He set out for North America with a large contingent of 4 ships and 300 sailors to establish a French colony on the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi River and challenge Spanish rule in Mexico. The expedition encountered problems nearly from the start.