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Explorers Unit
Reasons for Exploration
Prince Henry the Navigator
1410 - 1460
He was fascinated by the sea and wanted his fleet to find an all-water route between Portugal and Asia.
Bartholomeu Dias
1488
He wanted to find an all-water route to Asia by heading around Africa.
Christopher Columbus
1492 - 1504
He wanted to head west to find an all-water route to Asia.
Vasco Da Gama
1498
He wanted to find an all-water route to Asia by heading around Africa.
Amerigo Vespucci
1507
He was inspired by the stories of Columbus.
Vasco Nunez De Balboa
1513
He wanted to find riches and a way across America.
Juan Ponce De León
1513
He was looking for gold and found the "fountain of youth".
Ferdinand Magellan
1519-1522
He wanted to reach the West Indies by sailing west.
Giovanni Da Verrazano
1524
He wanted to find a Northwest Passage to Asia.
Francisco Pizarro
1531
He wanted to conquer the Incas and take all of their gold and silver.
Jacques Cartier
1534
He wanted to find a Northwest Passage to Asia.
Hernando De Soto
1539
He was looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold.
Francisco Coronado
1540
He was looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold.
Hernando Cortés
1519
He wanted to conquer the Aztecs for their gold and silver.
John Cabot
1497
He wanted to find an all water route to Asia by traveling north and west.
Marco Polo
1271
He wanted to travel to China to get spices, jewels, perfumes, and silks to take back to Italy.
Leif Ericson
1002
He wanted to find wood for Viking settlements in Greenland.