First European to round Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa.
Viking that explored Newfoundland in 1001
Set out to discover a trade route to the West Indies in 1492, instead discovered San Salvador in the Bahamas
Explored Greenland, Labrador and Newfoundland in 1497 sailing under the British flag.
First to reach India from Europe by sea. 1497-1498 represented Portugal
Vasco da Gama
Sailed around Africa to India in 1500. Represented Portugal
Crossed the isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513. Represented Spain
Vasco do Balboa
First to Sail around the globe.
Discovered Florida 1513
Juan Ponce de Leon
discovered the Aztec kingdom of Mexico. 1519-1521
Explored eastern coast of North America in 1524
Giovanni da Verrazano
Explored Florida to Mexico in 1528 under the Spanish flag.
Panfilo do Narvaez
discovered the Inca empire of Peru 1531
Discovered St. Lawrence River in 1535
Explored Canada and Quebec and the Zuni pueblos of New Mexico 1539
Esteban and Father Marcos
Explored the Mississippi River and the American southeast, representing Spain from 1539-1542
Explored the American southwest for the country of Spain from 1540-1542
Francisco de Coronado
Explored California in 1542 for Spain
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
first English circumnavigation of the world
Sir Francis Drake
First European to explore and describe the Great Lakes.
Samuel de Champlain
Explored the Hudson River and Hudson Bay
Early European Explorers