The age of Exploration

The major explorers of North America. The section open with events that opened the Age of Exploration. The next major entry is all about Columbus's four voyages and the impact of his voyage. The other major explorers are covered including the destruction of the Aztec and Incas Empires. Explore Explorers by County

The Explorers

 

1005

Viking Land

The Vikings Began Exploring the North Atlanic in 982

1450

The Age of Exploration Begins

Prince Henry Began the Age of Exploration by pushing for Exploration

1492

Christopher Columbus

Largely credited with being the first European to discover North America in Age of Exploration

1492

Columbian Exchange

The interaction between the New World and the Old changed both forever

1495

Conquistador

Using Conquistadors the Spanish conquered the Americas

1493

Spanish in Caribbean

The Caribbean after the Spanish Conquest

1494

Treaty of Tordesillas

This treaty divided the world between Spain and Portugal

1497

Vasco De Gama sails to India

The Portuguese reached India that to Vasco De Gama

1497

John Cabot- Rediscoverd North America

The Colonist surronded Boston which was occupied by the British. Eventually the British position became untenable

1513

Juan Ponce de Leon- Explored Florida

Ponce de Leon explored the coast of Florida including the Gulf Coast

1513

Vasco Nunez de Balboa- Discovered the Pacific

The Pacific Ocean was reached by European explorers for the first time

1517

The Aztec Empire

The Aztec Empire Covered most of what today is Mexico

1519

Cortes Begin to Conquer Aztec

The Spanish explorer begins the conquest of the Aztec

1519

Ferdinand Magellan- Circled the earth

Magellan led and expedition that circled the earth for the first time

1519

Giovanni De Verrazano-Entered New York Harbor

New York Harbor was discovered by Verrazano

1531

Francisco Pizzaro- Conquered the Incas

The Incas Empire was conquered by the far weaker Spanish led by Pizzaro

1544

Jaques Cartier- Explored St Lawrence

Cartier claimed Canada for France

1540

Francisco Coronado Explored the SW

The Southwest of the US was explored by Francisco Coronado

1765

Hernado De Soto- Explored the Mississippi

The Americans were ambushed at this battle, they managed to extract themselves from the ambush

1603

Samuel de Champlain-Settles Canada

Champlain began the settlement of Canada on behalf of France

1607

Drake Circles the Earth

Sir Francis Drake circled the earth on behalf of England

1609

Henry Hudson- Explored the Hudson River

Henry Hudson explored the Hudson River on behalf of England

1544

Explorers By Country

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1450-1600

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1450-1620

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1450-1630

Documents and First Hand Accounts

First Hand Accounts of the Explorer Voyages and Conquests

1450-1650

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