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Cortes
Man who landed on the coast of Mexico and made friends with a yound indian woman named Malinche. She told him that many people hated their Aztec rulers. So he and the indians arranged an alliance to go against the Aztecs. He took on the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma, and captured and demolished Tenochtitlan.
DeSoto
A Spanish navigator and conquistador. De Soto led the largest expedition of both the 15th century and the 16th century through what would become the Southeastern United States and the Midwestern United States searching for gold and silver and other valuable goods.
Pedro Cabrat
A Portuguese navigator and explorer who was the first European to discover the sea route to Brazil.
Vespucci
The mapmaker that labed the region America. The islands Columbus had explored in the Caribbean became known as the West Indies.
John Cabot
Venetian nevigator wanted to seek a more northerly route then the one Columbus had charted. Instead he found rich fishing grounds off of Newfoundland that he claimed for England.
Sir Frances Drake
Man who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his daring pirate raids on spanish ships and towns.
Verranzano
An Italian explorer of North America. He is renowned as the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America.
Jacques Cartier
A French captain who explored the St. Lawrence River.
Samuel de Champlain
Man who built the first permanent French settlement in Quebec.
Robert LaSalle
A French explorer who explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, and claimed the entire Mississippi basin for France.
Columbus
A navigator and maritime explorer credited as the discoverer of the Americas
Ponee de Leon
A Spanish conquistador who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish Crown. He is regarded as the first European known to have visited what is now the continental United States.