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Social Studies

Flynn Explorers

He opened up the Western Hemisphere to Europe. Christopher Columbus
He made it as far as the southern tip of Africa. Bartholomeu Dias
After 17 years in China, he returned to Italy and wrote of his exploits. His book inspired future explorers. Marco Polo
He became the first European to set foot on the North American continent. Leif Ericson
He established a school of navigation and opened an observatory and shipyard. Prince Henry the Navigator
He became the first person to find an all-water route around Africa to Asia. Vasco Da Gama
He realized that Columbus had discovered a world unknown to Europeans. America was named after him. Amerigo Vespucci
He claimed Florida for Spain. Juan Ponce De Leon
He discovered the Grand Banks, a rich fishing area. John Cabot
He was the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean. Vasco Nunez De Balboa
He conquered the Aztecs, stole their gold and silver, and claimed their land for Spain. Hernando Cortes
Though he was killed, his crew reached the Indies and sailed around the world. Ferdinand Magellan
He explored the waters off Canada, but thought he was in Asia. He discovered the Grand Banks, a rich fishing area. Giovanni Da Verrazano
He conquered the Incas, took their riches, and claimed their land for Spain. Francisco Pizarro
He discovered the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River and claimed the area for France. Jacques Cartier
He discovered New York Harbor. Henry Hudson
He established a fur trading post at Quebec. Samuel de Champlain
He claimed much of the southeastern part of today's United States for Spain. Hernando De Soto
He claimed much of the southwestern part of today's United States for Spain. Francisco Coronado
He was the first European to explore present-day Texas. Cabeza de Vaca
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