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Christopher Columbus claiming America for Spain

Discovery of America and Early Explorations

CONTENTS

Major Explorations of the Americas

Explorers in a New Land

Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Vasco Núñez de Balboa
the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from America

John Cabot
John Cabot
Italian navigator who laid the groundwork for British land claims in Canada

Pedro Alvares Cabral
Pedro Ãlvares Cabral
"discoverer of Brazil"

Jacques Cartier
Jacques Cartier
established France's first claim to, and named, what is now Canada

Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
"discoverer of America"

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Francisco Vásquez de Coronado
the conquistador whose search for cities of gold led to unexpected discoveries

Gaspar Corte-Real
Gaspar Corte-Real

Leif Ericson
Leif Ericson
leader of the first European expedition to the North American mainland

Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson
explorer and namesake of a river, a strait, and a bay

Panfilo de Narvaez
Pánfilo de Narváez

Juan Ponce de Leon
Juan Ponce de León

Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto

Giovanni di Verrazano
Giovanni di Verrazano
explorer of the eastern coast of North America from North Carolina to Canada

Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci
Italian-born explorer who determined that the lands discovered by Columbus were part of a whole new continent

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