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History - Chapter 2a

Explorers
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Leif Ericson
Viking leader who probably the first European to explore North America.
Christopher Columbus
Italian sea captain sailing for Spain reached the Americas in 1492 in search of a sea route to Asia.
Amerigo Vespucci
Italian explorer that proved that Columbus had not reached Asia, but a new continent, which later were named after him.
Vasco da Gama
Portuguese navigator who was the first European to sail from Europe to Asia.
Ferdinand Magellan
Portuguese explorer sailing for Spain who led the first known voyage around the world.
Hernando Cortes
Spanish conquistador who defeated the Aztec and founded Mexico City.
Marco Polo
Italian merchant who made the first widely known journey to China. His book influenced future explorers.
Hernando de Soto
Spanish explorer of the Southwest. Was the first European to see the Mississippi River.
Francisco Coronado
Spanish explorer of the American Southwest who was searching for the seven cities of gold.
Samuel de Champlain
Explorer and founder of Quebec, the first permanent French settlement in North America.
Henry Hudson
English explorer, who searched for the Northwest Passage through North America. Claimed present day New York for the Dutch
Sir Walter Raleigh
English explorer and soldier who started two unsuccessful colonies at Roanoke Island.
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