early explorers

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In History
  • 1000

    Leif Erikkson

    Leif Erikkson
    He was a viking sailor who left Scandinavia and landed in Present-day Canada. He was the first European in North America. He was sponsored by Norway.
  • 1487

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Bartolomeu Dias
    Discovered the southern tip of Africa, and he called it "Cape of Good Hope". He was sponsored by Portugal.
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    He tried to Asia by sailing west across the Atlantic, but he landed in the Americas. He was sponsored by Spain
  • 1497

    Vasco De Gama

    Vasco De Gama
    He found a sea route to Asia and sailed along the coast of Africa all the way to India. He was sponsored by Portugal
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    He was sent out to look for sea route to Asia but found present-day Newfoundland. He was sponsored by France
  • 1498

    Pedro Alvarez Cabral

    Pedro Alvarez Cabral
    Claimed the country of Brazil in South America for Portugal and set up a settlement there. He was sponsored by Portugal.
  • 1499

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Amerigo Vespucci
    He explored the coast of South America and realized it was a separate Continent, calling it the Americas. he was sponsored by Spain
  • 1513

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    He was the first European to see and claim the Pacific Ocean for Spain. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponca De Leon

    Juan Ponca De Leon
    he was the first person from Spain to land on the east-coast of present-day Florida, he was sponsored by Spain
  • 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    he discovered the east coast of present day Mexico. he was sponsored by Spain
  • 1522

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    He was sailing to Spain and found the southernmost tip of South America. He sailed through a strait into a calm ocean which he named the Pacific Ocean. He was sponsored by Spain
  • 1524

    Giovanni De Varrazano

    Giovanni De Varrazano
    He explored the coast of North America from present-day Nova Scotia down to the Carolina's. He was sponsored by France
  • 1528

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca

    Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
    He was a part of the exploration of Florida, he was sponsored by Spain
  • 1531

    Francisco Pizzarro

    Francisco Pizzarro
    He lead an army into the Inca capital, he was sponsored by Spain
  • 1535

    Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier
    He sailed up the St. Lawrence River in hopes to make it to the Pacific but instead he ended up finding a mountain peak he named Mont-Royal. The mountain can be found is present-day Montreal. He was sponsored by France.
  • 1538

    Henando De Soto

    Henando De Soto
    He led a expedition to explore Florida and what is present-day the southeastern part of the United States. He was sponsored by Spain
  • 1540

    Francisco Vasquez De Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez De Coronado
    He searched for the Seven Cities of Cibola and traveled through Northern Mexico and present-day Arizona and New Mexico to finally end up in Zuni. He was sponsored by Spain
  • 1542

    Juan Cabrillo

    Juan Cabrillo
    He first sighted what is now California. He was sponsored by Spain.
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    He discovered the river that is now named after him. (Hudson River) he sailed the Hudson river all the way too present-day Albany, New York. He was sponsored by Dutch.
  • Henry Hudson #2

    Henry Hudson #2
    They sent him out again and he found a huge bay which is now Hudson Bay. He spent time looking for an outlet but soon became impatient so some of is crew, him, and his went into a small boat and were never seen again. He was still sponsored by Dutch
  • Louis Joliet

    Louis Joliet
    He was a fur trader that traveled the Mississippi River by canoe. He was sponsored by France.
  • Jacques Marquette

    Jacques Marquette
    He was a priest that traveled the Mississippi River By canoe. He was sponsored by France.
  • Robert Caverleir De La Salle

    Robert Caverleir De La Salle
    He followed the Mississippi all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. He named Louisiana after Louis XIV. He was sponsored by France.