Early Explores

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In History
  • 1000

    Leif Eriksson - viking

    Leif Eriksson - viking
    First European to land on North America
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias sailed for Portugal

    Bartolomeu Dias sailed for Portugal
    Sailed to the bottom of Africa and found the Cape of Good Hope (bottom of Africa)
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain
    1st trip sailed to North America, across the Atlantic Ocean, believed he had reached Asia.
  • 1493

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain
    His 2nd Voyage to the Americas across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1497

    Vasco da Gama sailed for Portugal

    Vasco da Gama sailed for Portugal
    First to sail around Africa all the way to Asia
  • 1497

    John Cabot- sailed for Asia

    John Cabot- sailed for Asia
    He sailed for Asia in 1497 but ended up on the coast present day Newfoundland.
  • 1498

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain
    His 3rd Voyage to the Americas across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci - Sailed for Spain

    Amerigo Vespucci - Sailed for Spain
    Sailed along the coast of South America. He took such good notes about the coast that mapmakers were convinced this was not Asia and named the new land "America" in his honor.
  • 1500

    Pedro Alavres Cabral sailed for Portugal

    Pedro Alavres Cabral sailed for Portugal
    On his way around Africa he went to wide and ended up in Brazil, South America
  • 1502

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain

    Christopher Columbus- sailed for Spain
    His 4th and final Voyage to the Americas across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa sailed for Spain

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa sailed for Spain
    He travels through Central America and is the first European to see the Pacific Ocean (largest ocean on earth)
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon- sailed for Spain

    Juan Ponce de Leon- sailed for Spain
    Explored present-day Florida in 1513, looking for the "fountain of youth"
  • 1519

    Hernando Cortes-sailed for Spain

    Hernando Cortes-sailed for Spain
    A conquistador who explored Mexico in 1519. Conquered the Aztec.
  • Period:
    1519
    to
    1522

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain

    1st European to circumnavigate the globe.
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Varrazano- took a northern route to explore North America

    Giovanni de Varrazano- took a northern route to explore North America
    Explored the coast of North America from present-day Nova Scotia down to the Carolina's.
  • Period:
    1528
    to
    1536

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca- sailed for Spain

    Accompanied by Estevanico (a slave) and others, explored the North American Southwest looking for 7 cities of gold.
  • 1530

    Franciso Pizarro- sailed for Spain

    Franciso Pizarro- sailed for Spain
    A conquistador who explored the Andes Mountains of South America and conquered the Inca Empire.
  • 1535

    Jacques Cartier- Sailed for the Pacific

    Jacques Cartier- Sailed for the Pacific
    He was looking for a route to the Pacific through North America (a Northwest Passage) but did not find one. Cartier paved the way for French exploration of North America.
  • Period:
    1539
    to
    1542

    Hernando de Soto- sailed for Spain

    Explored Florida and North Carolina discovered Mississippi River.
  • Period:
    1540
    to
    1542

    Francisco Vasquez do Coronado- sailed for Spain

    In North America Southwest, looking for cities of gold, discovered the Grand Canyon (in AZ)
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo Sailed for Spain

    Juan Cabrillo Sailed for Spain
    He explores up from Mexico and goes into modern day California.
  • Henry Hudson- wanted to find a passage through the Americas.

    Henry Hudson- wanted to find a passage through the Americas.
    He discovered a river that now bears his name.
  • Henry Hudson- wanted to find a passage through the Americas.

    Henry Hudson- wanted to find a passage through the Americas.
    Hudson had discovered a bay what is now know as Hudson Bay. Thinking he had reached the Pacific, he spent months looking for an outlet.
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette- hoping to find precious metals along the Northwest passage.

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette- hoping to find precious metals along the Northwest passage.
    When they realized that the Mississippi flowed south into the Gulf of Mexico rather than west to the Pacific, they headed back up river.
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle- followed the Mississippi all the way to the Gulf of Mexico

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle- followed the Mississippi all the way to the Gulf of Mexico
    He claimed this region for France and named it Louisiana in honor of Louis XVI