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European Explorers

This Italian explorer thought he reached India, but really landed in San Salvador in the Bahamas. Christopher Columbus
Who claimed land for Spain in 1492? Christopher Columbus
Who explored for England and discovered Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New England? John Cabot
This Italian explorer changed his name from Giovanni Caboto to this English name. John Cabot
This Italian explorer wanted to go to Asia, but sailed down the coast of South America instead. Amerigo Vespucci
Who had a continent named after him? Amerigo Vespucci
Who sailed in the Pacific Ocean and reached The Isthmus of Panama? Vasco Nunez de Balboa
This Spanish explorer was searching for gold, but discover a land route to the Pacific Ocean instead. Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Who was the leader of the 1st expedition around the world in 1519? Ferdinand Megellan
This explorer from Portugal died before his last ship made it back to Spain. Five ships started the voyage and only 1 made it back. Ferdinand Megellan
What are some challenges the early explorers had to overcome? diseases, difficult weather conditions and inaccurate maps
Three reasons for European explorations are: new trade routes to Asia; find gold and wealth; claim land for their country
Which explorers were sponsored by Spain? Balboa and Columbus
Created by: Mrs. Swiander



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