Age of Exploration

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  • Jan 1, 1419

    Prince Henry the Navigator

    Prince Henry the Navigator
    (No exact date except year) In 1419, Henry founded a navigation school on the southwestern coast of Portugal. Mapmakers, instrument makers, shipbuilders, scientists, and sea captains gathered there to perfect their trade.
  • Aug 1, 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    (Exact day unknown) First European to sail around the south coast of Africa and up along the east coast.
  • Aug 2, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Originally searching for a quicker route to Asia, Columbus instead discovered the Carribean islands. Columbus started the expedition into the New World.
  • Jan 1, 1497

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    (No exact date except year) (1497, 1499, 1501) Explored up and down the coast of South America. America was named after him.
  • May 2, 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    Claimed coastal lands in present day Canada and U.S. for England. Founded colonies.
  • Jul 8, 1497

    Vasco de Gama

    Vasco de Gama
    First European to sail around the south of Africa and reach India.
  • Jan 1, 1513

    Nunez de Balboa

    Nunez de Balboa
    (Exact date unknown) Spanish conquistador and explorer who was the first European to see the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean after crossing the Isthmus of Panama overland.
  • Mar 3, 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon
    Spanish explorer and soldier who was the first European to set foot in Florida. Went searching for riches and the Fountain of Youth. Landed on the East Coast of Florida(St. Augustine) and named it "Pascua de Florida" (feast of flowers) and claimed the land for Spain.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    (No exact date) (1519-1521) Conquered the rich Aztec Empire in Mexico.
  • Sep 1, 1521

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    (Exact day unknown) Led the first expedition to sail completely around the world. Proved that the world was round and larger than thought. Discovered new oceans and land. Proved that all oceans and landmasses were connected.
  • Jan 1, 1522

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    (Exact date unknown) Spanish conquistador who traveled through much of the Pacific coast of America along Peru. Conquered Incan Empire, stealing massive amounts of gold, silver, and other treasures. Explored South America.
  • Jan 17, 1524

    Giovanni Verrazano

    Giovanni Verrazano
    Italian navigator who explored the northeast coast of Norht America from Cape Fear, North Carolina to Maine while searching for a Northwest passage to Asia.
  • Jan 1, 1539

    Hernando de Soto

    Hernando de Soto
    (Exact date unkown) (1539-42) A spanish explorer who sailed the Atlantic Ocean and was the first European to explore Florida and the southeastern U.S.
  • Jan 1, 1540

    Fransisco Coronado

    Fransisco Coronado
    (Exact date unknown) He was the first European to explore North America's Southwest.
  • Samuel de Champlain

    Samuel de Champlain
    (Exact date unknown) French explorer and navigator who mapped much of northeastern North America and started a setlement in Quebec. DIscovered Lake Champlain in 1609. Important in establishing and administering the French colonies in the New World.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    (Exact dates unkown) (1607-1610) Was originally hired by the Dutch East India Company to find a trade route through the Americas to India. He failed at this but instead discovered the Hudson River, Hudson Bay, and Hudson Strait.
  • Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet

    Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet
    (Exact date unknown) Found the Mississippi River. They travelled along Lake Michigan to Green Bay, to Fox River, and the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi River. Joliet expanded fur trade westward, did extensive mapping, and established a fort on Anticosti Island.
  • Robert de La Salle

    Robert de La Salle
    (Exaact dates unknown) French Explorer who was sent by Kind Louis XIV(14) to travel south from Canada and sail down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. Explored Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.
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    Age of Exploration