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European Explorers of the New World. A look at the explorations of: Christopher Columbus Juan Ponce de Leon Jacques Cartier Christopher Newport. Click on buttons at the bottom of each screen to move around. . European Exploration.

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european explorers of the new world

European Explorers of the New World

A look at the explorations of:

Christopher Columbus

Juan Ponce de Leon

Jacques Cartier

Christopher Newport

Click on buttons at the bottom of each screen to move around.

european exploration
European Exploration
  • During the late 1400’s to early 1600’s, Spain, England, and France all tried to find a western sea passage that led to Asia. Instead they found a whole “new world” that had much to offer each country.
what we ll learn
What We’ll Learn
  • We’ll learn who sponsored (provided money and supplies) the explorers’ journeys.
  • Some of the motivations for sailing.
  • The accomplishments (successes) in exploration of the New World.
christopher columbus
Christopher Columbus
  • Sponsors: the king and queen of Spain
  • Motivations: to find a western sea route to Asia, to find riches, and claim land for Spain
  • Accomplishments: discovered New World exploring Santo Domingo and Venezuela for others to explore
juan ponce de leon
Juan Ponce de Leon
  • Sponsors: King and Queen of Spain
  • Motivations: to claim new land for Spain, find riches, and the Fountain of Youth
  • Accomplishments: founded St. Augustine, FL and first governor of Puerto Rico
jacques cartier
Jacques Cartier
  • Sponsor: King of France
  • Motivations: to claim new land for France and find western sea route to Asia
  • Accomplishments: named St. Lawrence River, Quebec, and Montreal, and started a rich fur trade
christopher newport
Christopher Newport
  • Sponsors: King of England and the VA Company
  • Motivations: claim new land for England, find riches, and find a western sea route to Asia
  • Accomplishments: started 1st permanent English settlement (Jamestown) and sailed to the Fall Line near present-day Richmond
sol review
SOL Review
  • Each explorer wanted to find a western sea route to Asia to find riches and spices.
  • Each explorer wanted to claim new land for their countries.
  • Columbus is credited with discovering the New World (although he never knew it).
  • Ponce de Leon founded the oldest city in America-St. Augustine, FL.
  • Jamestown, VA is the first permanent English settlement in the New World founded by Christopher Newport.
  • Cartier founded the St. Lawrence River, Quebec, and Montreal.
  • Newport sailed to the Fall Line near present-day Richmond and named Jamestown and the James River after King James I of England.
sol classroom quiz
SOL Classroom Quiz

Click on one of the speakers for audio.

  • Who sailed to the Fall Line in VA?
  • Who searched for the Fountain of Youth?
  • Who found a whole “new world” in North America?
  • Who named the St. Lawrence River, Montreal, and Quebec?
  • Who named the James River and Jamestown after King James I of England?
  • Who landed in Santo Domingo and Venezuela?
  • Who found St. Augustine, FL?
  • Who began a rich fur trade for France?