European Explorers

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Chapter 2 - Explorers : 

Chapter 2 - Explorers

Leif Ericson : 

Leif Ericson The Viking explorer who named the land he found Vinland.

Amerigo Vespucci : 

Amerigo Vespucci The navigator who realized that Columbus had found a New World not Asia.

John Cabot : 

John Cabot The first English explorer to sail to North America. He disappeared on his second journey.

Sir Francis Drake : 

Sir Francis Drake The first English explorer to sail around the world. He was also a pirate.

Henry Hudson : 

Henry Hudson An explorer whose men revolted and set him adrift in a small boat.

Hernan Cortes : 

Hernan Cortes The Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs in Mexico.

Ferdinand Magellan : 

Ferdinand Magellan The Spanish explorer who sailed around the world.

Fransisco Pizarro : 

Fransisco Pizarro The Spanish explorer who conquered the Incas in Peru.

Vasco Nunez de Balboa : 

Vasco Nunez de Balboa The first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the New World

Hernando De Soto : 

Hernando De Soto The Spanish explorer who explored the American Southeast. He crossed the Mississippi River.

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado : 

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado The Spanish explorer who explored the American Southwest and saw the Grand Canyon

Juan Ponce de Leon : 

Juan Ponce de Leon The Spanish explorer who looked for the Fountain of Youth in Florida.

Jaques Cartier : 

Jaques Cartier The French explorer who explored the St. Lawrence River and founded Mont Real.

Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet : 

Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet French explorers who found out that the Mississippi River flowed south.

Samuel de Champlain : 

Samuel de Champlain The French explorer who founded Quebec and discovered three of the Great Lakes.

La Salle : 

La Salle The French explorer who claimed all of the land drained by the Mississippi River for King Louis of France.

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