Early Explorers

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  • Oct 9, 1000

    Leif Erickson

    Leif Erickson
    Was the first viking to find Iceland, Greenland, and North America. He placed a claim stone. He also used some tools we have today, and some not. Like an Astrolabe which was a model of a sky. A compass which points north.
  • 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    Sailed from Portugal to the Southern tip of Africa. and the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and reached a continent that was previously unknown to him.
  • 1497

    Vasco de Gama

    Vasco de Gama
    Sailed all the way around Africa and all the way to India. Winning the European race for a Sea Route to Asia.
  • 1501

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    Sailed to South America. Vespucci America was named after him.
  • 1513

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    He explored the Andres Mountains of South America and conquered the Inca empire.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    He explored present-day Florida looking for the "Foundation of youth"
  • 1517

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    Crossed Central America to discover the Pacific Ocean
  • 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    He circumnavigated the word. During this expedition he died. One of his crew members needed to finish it.
  • 1519

    Hernando Cortés

    Hernando Cortés
    He explored Mexico and he conquered the Aztec.
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    He was part of a Spanish expedition to Florida. They lost 2 out of their 5 ships in a storm.
  • 1539

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    Explored present-day Florida and North Carolina.
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
    His travels took him though Mexico and present-day Arizona and New Mexico. Finally convinced that there is no gold, members of the expedition traveled west to the Colorado River and east into what is now known as Kansas.