Famous Explorers

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Dias
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Sailed to the Southern tip of Africa. In 1488 Portugal sponsored this voyage.
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Columbus
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Reached America by sailing West from Europe. In 1492, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Cabot
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Laid the basis for British claim to North America. In 1497, England sponsored this voyage.
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De Gama
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The first European to reach India by the sea route. In 1498, Portugal sponsored this voyage.
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Vespucci
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The explorer after whom the New World was named. In 1501, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Balboa
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This explorer discovered the Pacific Ocean. In 1513, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Magellan
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The first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. In 1519, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Cortes
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The conqueror of the Aztecs and Mexico. In 1519, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Varrazzano
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Laid basis for French claims in North America. In 1524, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Pizarro
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Conquered Peru. In 1531, Spain sponsored this voyage.
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Cartier
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Discovered and explored the St. Lawrence River. In 1534, France funded this voyage.
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De Soto
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Discoverd the Mississippi River. In 1539, Spain funded this voyage.
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Coronado
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Expolored the Southwestern part of the United States. In 1540, Spain funded this voyage.
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Champlain
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Founded Quebec; is called the Father of New France. In 1608, France funded this voyage.
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Hudson
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Explored the Hudson River. In 1609, Holland funded this voyage.
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La Salle
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Discovered the Ohio River, explored the Mississippi. In 1682, France sponsored this voyage.

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