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Explorers Unit
Accomplishments
Leif Ericson
1002
He became the first European to set foot on the North American continent.
Marco Polo
1271
After 17 years in China, he returned to Italy and wrote of his exploits. His book inspires future explorers.
Prince Henry the Navigator
1410-1460
He established a school of navigation and opened an observatory and shipyard.
Bartholomeu Dias
1488
He made it as far as the southern tip of Africa.
Christopher Columbus
1492-1504
He opened up the Western Hemisphere to Europe.
John Cabot
1497
He explored the waters off Canada, but thought he was in Asia. He discovered the Grand Banks, a rich fishing area.
Vasco Da Gama
1498
He became the first person to find an all-water route around Africa to Asia.
Amerigo Vespucci
1507
He realized that Columbus had discovered a world unknown to Europeans. America was named after Vespucci.
Juan Ponce De Leon
1513
He claimed Florida for Spain.
Vasco Nunez De Balboa
1513
He was the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean.
Hernando Cortés
1519
He conquered the Aztecs, stole their gold and silver, and claimed their land for Spain.
Ferdinand Magellan
1519-1522
Though he was killed, his crew reached the West Indies and sailed around the world.
Giovanni Da Verrazano
1524
He explored the coast of North America from what is now the state of North Carolina up to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in Canada.
Francisco Pizarro
1531
He conquered the Incas, took their riches, and claimed their land for Spain.
Jacques Cartier
1534
He discovered the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River and claimed the area for France.
Hernando De Soto
1539
He claimed much of the southeastern part of today's United States for Spain.
Francsisco Coronado
1540
He claimed much of the southwestern part of today's United States for Spain.