Hernando de Soto

Used the encomienda system to convert natives, first European documented as having crossed the Mississippi River

Rene-Robert Cavalier

Established a colony & port at the mouth of the Mississippi River

Ponce de Leon

In search of "glory" on his conquest of the New World; Created the first permanent European settlement in St. Augustine

Jacques Cartier

Discovered a passage way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean

Samuel de Champlain

Famous cartographer for the French in the New World

Hernan Cortes

Came to the new world as a conquistador in hopes of "GOLD