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22 Cards in this Set

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Believed to be the 1st Europeans to set foot in America around the year 1000.
He traveled to China to get spices, jewels, silks, and gold to take back to Italy.
Marco Polo
Because of his encouragement, Dias and DaGama first to go around Africa and then on to India.
Prince Henry the Navigator
He was the first to make it around the southern tip of Africa
Bartholomew Diaz
He wanted to find an all water route to the Indies by sailing west.
Christopher Columbus
He was the first to sail around the southern tip of Africa and go on to India
Vasco Da Gama
Realized Columbus had discovered new lands, wrote about it, and had America named after him.
Amerigo Vespucci
He claimed Florida for Spain
Juan Ponce de Leon
First European to reach the Pacific Ocean across America
Vasco Nunez De Balboa
Conquered the Aztecs, stole their gold and silver and claimed their land for Spain
Hernando Cortes
Though he was killed, his crew was the first to reach the Indies by sailing west and sail around the world
Ferdinand Magellan
He conquered the Incas, took their riches, and claimed their land for Spain
Francisco Pizarro
He discovered the St. Lawrence River and Gulf and claimed land for France
Jacques Cartier
He claimed much of the southeastern part of the United States for Spain
Hernando De Soto
He claimed much of the southwestern part of the United States for Spain
Francisco Coronado
Explored water off Canada, thought he was in Asia. Found rich fishing areas
John Cabot
Explored coast of North America from North Carolina up to Canada, from France.
Giovanni Da Verrazano
Sailed up the coast of California, attacking Spanish ships and stealing their treasure.
Sir Francis Drake
Explored Arctic Ocean and Northeastern North America.
Henry Hudson
Founder of Quebec, Canada. Built trading post at Montreal, Canada.
Samuel de Champlain
Went down Mississippi River and claimed the Mississippi River Valley for France.
Robert de La Salle
Learned that the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico and claim land around it for France.
Marquette and Joliet