Timeline of European Explorers



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Leif Ericsson

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1000
Unknown
King Olaf I of Norway
Not known
"The First Explorer
to
Set Foot
on North America"
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Zheng He

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1371 in Yunnan Province, China
1433
Chinese Emperor
Treasure from Around the World
"The Commander
of the
Treasure Ships"
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Christopher Columbus

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1451 in Genoa, Spain
1506
Spain
Looking for a route to India
"The
Explorer
Who Discovered America"
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Vasco Da Gama

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1460 in Sines, Portugal
1524 in Kochi, India
Portugal
Looking for a sea route to India so they wouldn't have to use the Slik Road.
"The
First
European
to Sail
From
Europe
to
India
Around Africa"
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Ferdinand Magellan

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1480 in Portugal
1521 on the Island of Cebu in the Philippines
Spain

"First Explorer to Circum-navigate
the Globe"
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Hernan Cortes

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1485 in Castile, Spain
1547 in Castile, Spain
Spain
Looking for Gold
"Conqueror
of the
Aztec
Empire
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Giovanni da Verrazzano

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1485 in Italy
1528 in Guadaloupe, Lesser Antilles
France
Looking for a sea route to India.
"Discoverer of New
York
Harbor"
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Hernando De Soto

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1500's

Spain
Looking for Gold
"The Wealthiest Conquistador of His Time"
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Henry Hudson

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1560's (not sure)
1611 or 1612 in Hudson Bay
Dutch Investors
Looking for an Ice-Free Passage to India/China
"The Explorer Who Never Accomplished His Dream "
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Samuel de Champlain

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1570 in Bourage, France
1635 in Quebec, Canada
France
Looking for ice-free passage to India and/or China.
"The Father of New France"