Famous Explorers

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

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