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Explorers

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Verazzano explorer who explored much of North America's Atlantic coast while unsuccessfully looking for the Northwest Passage
De Soto first European to discover the Mississippi River. explored much of present day Florida looking for gold and treasures.
Cabot explored present day Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
Balboa led an expedition across Panama in search of a great ocean. first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the Americas.
Drake became first person to successfully lead a voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
Cartier sailed into the St. Lawrence River to present day Montreal.
Champlain explored the eastern coasts of Canada and the United States. started the first French colony in Quebec
Magellan began the first successful circumnavigation of the world, did not live to finish the journey. was looking for a water route to Asia.
Columbus accidentally discovered the Americas while searching for a water route to Asia. led to exploration and colonization of the Americas.
Cortes while looking for gold and riches in present day Mexico, came in contact with the Aztec Indians. led an army that defeated the Aztec, took their gold, destroyed their capital
Ponce de Leon discovered Florida during his search for the fabled Fountain of Youth. started the settlement of St. Augustine.
Created by: KRago