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Terms in this set (15)
Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo
explored the West Coast of North America (coast of present day California) in the United States claiming it for Spain
Giovanni da Verrazano
sent by the French King to look for the Northwest passage
explored the Atlantic (east) coast of North America and landed in what is now North America
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
commander of the Spanish fleet that defeated the French and took control of Florida, claiming it for New Spain in 1565
1532 Spanish conquistador who arrived in the last days of the Incan civil war, took advantage of their weakness, divided and conquered the empire on the Pacific Coast.
Hernando de Soto
Spanish explorer who explored the southeastern part of North America He began his journey in Cuba
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
A Spanish explorer who led an expedition into what is now the southwestern part of North America in search of the 7 cities of gold.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Spanish explorer who crossed the isthmus of Panama to discover the Pacific Ocean
1st European to settle in the Americas
Italian explorer who was hired by the King of England.
He landed in present-day Newfoundland (part of Canada) and claimed it for England.
Portuguese-born navigator hired by Spain to sail to the Indies in 1519. He was killed in the Philippines (1521).
One of his ships returned to Spain (1522), thereby completing the first circumnavigation of the globe. (sailed around the world)
French explorer who explored the St. Lawrence river and laid claim to the region for France
Ponce de Leon
Discovered and claimed Florida for Spain while looking for the Fountain of Youth
explored the east coast of South America
He realized that he, Columbus and Caboto had gone to Asia, but actually had dscovered a previously unknown continent
A German mapmaker published a world map including the new continent and named it America after him.
Searched for a western route Asia, but found the new world
Spanish conquistador who landed in what is now known as Mexico in search of gold
defeated the Aztecs.
An English explorer who made four voyages to the New World
He explored for the English and Dutch in search of the Northwest passage
He explored the Northeast coast of North America
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