European Explorers in the Age of Exploration

Christopher Columbus

sailed from Spain; Bahamas, Hispaniola; 1492-1502

Prince Henry

sailed from Portugal; West African coast, Madeira Islands; 1415

Bartholomeu Dias

sailed from Portugal; Cape of Good Hope on the southernmost tip of South Africa; 1488

Vasco Da Gama

sailed from Portugal; Calicut, India; 1498

Amerigo Vespucci

Italian that sailed from Spain; South America, Amazon River; 1499; America is derived from his name

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

conquistador; sailed from Spain; South Sea, Columbia, Isthmus of Panama; 1510-1513

Hernan Cortes

sailed from Spain; Cuba to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, conquered Aztec Empire; 1519-1521

Bartolome De las Casas

sailed from Spain; priest that wrote journals about Columbus' journies to the Bahamas, Hispaniola, and Cuba; 1500's

Juan Pontes de Leon

sailed from Spain; governor of Puerto Rico; Florida; 1513

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

sailed from Spain; Florida, Texas, Mexico, City of Gold; 1527-1555

Hernan de Sota

sailed from Spain; claimed Mississippi; searched for the City of Gold in Florida; 1539-1542

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

sailed from Spain; claimed the Grand Canyon; New Mexico and southeastern US to Kansas; City of Gold; 1540-1542

Jean Ribault

sailed from France; Florida, Fort Carolina in South Carolina; St. John's River in Jacksonville Florida; 1562-1565

Don Pedro Menendez Aviles

sailed from Spain; St. Augustine, Florida; 1565

John Cabot

sailed from England; Northwest Passage, Newfoundland; 1497

Giovanni de Verrazano

sailed from France; Hudson River, Carolinas, Newfoundland, New York, Cape Cod; 1524

Walter Raleigh

sailed from England; Roanoke; City of Gold (El Dorado); 1570's

Pedro Cabral

sailed from Portugal; founded Brazil; reached Calicut, India; 1500

Jaque Cartier

sailed from France; St. Lawrence River; 1534-1542