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Explorers: Age of Exploration
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First Portuguese to explore the southern tip of Africa
Vasco Da Gama
First Portuguese explorer to successfully sail around the southern tip of Africa into the Indian Ocean and eventually to the spicelands.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Spanish Conquistador who founded 'Darien,' the first permanent European settlement in South America located in Panama. He is also the first European to see the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.
Juan Ponce de Leon
Spanish Conquistador who named Florida and searched for the Fountain of Youth. He also identified the currents of the Gulf Stream.
Spanish explorer whose crew circumnavigated the globe. He also named the Pacific Ocean.
to travel all the way around something
Spanish Conquistador who discovered the Grand Canyon on his search for the 7 Golden Cities of Cibola.
Spanish Conquistador who conquered the Aztec Empire.
Spanish Conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire.
Robert Cavelier de LaSalle
French explorer who explored the Mississippi River, setting up fur trading posts along way. Claimed and named Louisiana after the French King.
French Explorer who explored the St. Lawrence River, named Canada, and lost everything when he brought back jewels that were worthless to the King of France.
Italian explorer who sailed for England. First European to set foot on North America.
Samuel de Champlain
French explorer who founded the city of Quebec, Canada, established fur trade back to France, and wrote detailed maps of northeastern North America.
English explorer whom the Hudson River, Hudson Bay, and Hudson Strait are named after.
honored Amerigo Vespucci by naming the new world "America" on his first world map. He used more information from Vespucci than other explorers because he had more detailed information.
Countries that played a key role in the age of exploration
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