Timeline Of European Explorers

  • Apr 11, 1000

    Leif the Lucky (Eric's son) Spots Baffin Island and Labrador.

    Leif the Lucky sails west from greenland in the year 1000 and spots two peices of land, Baffin Island and Labrador. He landed more south, in Newfoundland. They found wild graped, so they called the place Vinland.
  • Apr 11, 1451

    Christopher Columbus is Born

    Born in Genoa, italy in 1451, he was a well educated student and knew map making. his famous theory was that the earth was round, and that by sailing west, one could reach the far east.
  • May 15, 1492

    Christopher Columbus meets the Taino Tribe

    One month after Christopher Columbus had set sail, he spotted land which was the Bahamas. He then claimed a place he named San Salvador for the king of Spain. It turned out that this land was inhabited by the Taino Tribe. Columbus thought that he had reached the East Indies, so he named the people Indians.
  • Apr 15, 1497

    John Cabot starts his journey

    In 1497, John Cabot recived authorization from King Henry VII to claim land for England.
  • Apr 15, 1498

    Disappearance of John Cabot

    After the start of the codfish industry the John had started, the next year he set sail with 5 ships to search for the riches of the Far East. This journey was very tough with the bad weather and seas. From then on, different stories and rumors spread on what happened to him. Some say that he died at sea with the loss of 4 ships, himself on one. Others say that he came back to England and died the next year.
  • Apr 15, 1506

    Death of Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus died in Spain, and was thought to be the first person to reach North America even though there is no proof.
  • Apr 15, 1534

    Jacques Cartier Discovers the Entry to Canada (European Discovery)

    The European Discovery of the entry to Canada is from the explorer Jacques Cartier. He was sent by King Francis I in 1534 to travil to North America in search of various treasures like gold and diamonds, although his main mission was to find the passage to the far east.
  • Samuel de Champlain's journey to Canada

    King Henry IV of France was worried because if no settlement was set in Canada, France might not be able to claim new land and riches. In 1603, he sent Aymar de Chaste out on an expedition to Canada, and gave him a monopoly on the fur trade in Canada. The Captain of his ship was Samuel de Champlain. There they found out that instead of the Iroquois living there, the Algonquins were there.
  • Samuel de Champlain and de Monts establish a settlement in Canada

    De Monts and Samuel established the first French settlement in Canada in Port Royal. They also met the Mi'kmaq and became friends.
  • The Viking Eric the Red was banned from Iceland

    Acused of killing his neigbours, Eric was banned from Iceland.
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