Early Explores

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  • 970

    Leif Erickson

    Leif Erickson
    Leif Erickson was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He is thought to have been the first known European to have set foot on continental North America (excluding Greenland), approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus.
  • 1487

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    King John had sent Dias to explore the southernmost part of Africa. They sailed for days , they saw a piece of land , it was named "Cape of Storms". King John renamed it to the "Cape of Good Hope".
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Coukumbus , led 90 sailors in three ships. The Pinta made a signal they saw land. Columbus left his ship and went ashore. He believe he was in the Indies , but he was in North America
  • 1497

    Vasco da Gama

    Vasco da Gama
    They had 4 ships , they sailed in a wide arc south and west of Africa. They were looking for ocean currents that will help them travel safely to "Cape of Good Hope". They ended up finding a sea route to Asia !
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    John Cabot was an Italian navigator and explorer. His 1497 voyage to the coast of North America under the commission of Henry VII.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    Amerigo Vespucci led a voyage funed my Spain. He realised South America was not a part of Asia.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    Sailed for spain around the coast of South America. He took such good notes about the cost that mapmakers were convinced this was not Asia.
  • 1500

    Pedro Alavres sailed for Portugal

    Pedro Alavres sailed for Portugal
    Oh his way around Africa he went to wide and ended up in Brazil, South America.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon - Sailed for Spain

    He went looking for the Fountain of Youth in modern day Florida.
  • Period:
    1513
    to
    1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa sailed for Spain

    He travels trough central America and is the 1st European to see the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1519

    Hernando Cortes - Sailed for Spain

    Hernando Cortes - Sailed for Spain
    Wein into Central America (modern day Mexico) and conquered the Aztec.
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    Ferdinand Magellan was sailing for Spain , they reached the southernmost tip of South America. He sailed through stormy days of a narrow sea passage . They were the first people to sail around the world.
  • 1520

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain

    Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain
    He circumnavigated the globe. It took under 3 years to do.
  • 1524

    Giovanni de Varrazano

    Giovanni de Varrazano
    Florentine explorer of North America, in the service of King Francis I of France.
  • Period:
    1528
    to
    1538

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    There ship crashed and they were caught and they were slaves for the Northern Americans.
  • 1532

    Fransico Pizzaro - Sailed for Spain

    Fransico Pizzaro - Sailed for Spain
    He went to South America and conquered the Inca Empire.
  • 1534

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    French-Breton explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France.
  • 1539

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    He explored Florida and North Carolina . He was the first European to see the mississippi river and crossed it.
  • Period:
    1540
    to
    1542

    Fransisco Vasquez de Coronado

    He found a crack so big you can see it from outer space. It is called the grand canyon.
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo Sailed for Spain

    Juan Cabrillo Sailed for Spain
    He explores up from Mexico and goes into modern day California.
  • 1565

    Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    Henry Hudson was an English navigator and explorer who set out to find either a northeast passage “by the North Pole to Japan and China” or a similar northwest passage.
  • Robert Cavelier de La Salle

    Robert Cavelier de La Salle
    He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette

    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette
    He founded missions in present-day Michigan and later joined explorer Louis Joliet on an expedition to discover and map the Mississippi River.