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Cortez 1519; Spain, conquered the Aztecs; 1st Spanish area in Central America, introduced disease to Central America
Pizarro 1532; Spain; Peru; Conquered the Incas; 1st Spanish settlement in South America;introduced disease to South America
Ponce de Leon 1513; Spain; Florida; 1st European in Florida; led to the 1st Spanish settlement in the United States
Coronado 1540; Spain; Arizona, Mexico, and New Mexico; Found the Grand Canyon and introduced the horse to North America; proved that there was no city of gold; claimed U.S. southwest for Spain
de Soto 1539; Spain; explored Florida & the Mississippi Valley; claimed the southeastern U.S. &.the Mississippi Valley and as far as Oklahoma for Spain; introduced disease to the southern half of the U.S.
Cabot 1497; England; Newfoundland; 1st modern explorer to explore New England & Canadian region
Cartier 1535; France; St. Lawerence Seaway; 1st French explorer & sets their area
Hudson 1609 & 1610; Dutch & England; New York Coastline & Hudson Bay region; Claimed 1st Dutch settlement, New Amsterdam; Claimed northern Canada for England
de Champlain 1608; France; Canada; built a trading post at Quebec; discovered Lake Champlain; 1st permanent settlement for France in Canadian interior
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