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The Vikings led by Leif Erickson
What group of Europeans reached/explored North America about 500 years before Columbus (1000 A.D.)
Who was set adrift at sea with his son and some of the crew in a small boat when the rest of his crew mutinied, occurred during his last voyage
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Who explored the land that connects the Americas and became the first European explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Who explored and claimed for Spain much of what is now the southwestern United States
Who did Henry Hudson explore for and claim much of what is now the state of New York and its surrounding areas
Juan Ponce de Leon
Who was the first European explorer to explore land that became part of the United States; explored and claimed for Spain what is now the state of Florida
Hernando de Soto
Who explored and claimed for Spain much of the southern half of what is now the United States
they had no maps that showed the world correctly and sailors also lacked the technology, the scientific knowledge and tools, needed for such a long trip
What problems kept Europeans from sailing to Asia
to make better ships, maps, and tools for navigation
What were the aims of Prince Henry´s school of navigation
he promised them great riches and new lands and also said that he would take Catholic beliefs to Asia
How did Columbus persuade the king and queen
he believed he had reached Asia but was in the Indies
How was Columbus mistaken about the lands he claimed for Spain
amazed about Chinese inventions, merchants were interested in the riches Marco Polo wrote about and they wanted to buy and then resell Asian goods such as silks and spices
Why did Europeans begin to look for a sea route to Asia
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