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Explorers of the New World. Chart. Christopher Columbus. 1492 Spain Explored island of San Salvador Opened New World for European Exploration. Amerigo Vespucci. 1492 Italy Sailed along South America 1507 mapmaker named the new world..America. John Cabot. 1497/98 England

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christopher columbus
Christopher Columbus
  • 1492
  • Spain
  • Explored island of San Salvador
  • Opened New World for European Exploration
amerigo vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci
  • 1492
  • Italy
  • Sailed along South America
  • 1507 mapmaker named the new world..America
john cabot
John Cabot
  • 1497/98
  • England
  • Explored coast of North America
  • Established England's claim to the eastern seaboard of North America
juan ponce de leon
Juan Ponce de Leon
  • 1513 / 1521
  • Spain
  • East and West coast of Florida
  • 1st Spanish explorer to set foot on North American mainland.
  • Failed to find fountain of youth
lucas vazquez de ayllon
Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon
  • 1526
  • Spain
  • Explored GA and South Carolina coast
  • 1st European to set foot in GA. Settlement failed
hernando de soto
Hernando de Soto
  • 1540
  • Spain
  • Explored Georgia and southern part of North America
  • Failed to find riches, brought disease, death and destruction to the Indians
giovanni de verrazano
Giovanni de Verrazano
  • 1524
  • France
  • Explored coast of North America
  • Established France’s claim to North America
  • Gulf Coast
jean ribault
Jean Ribault
  • 1562
  • France
  • Explored coast of north Florida and GA
  • Established Charles Fort in the Carolina’s, north of present day Savannah
pedro menendez
Pedro Menendez
  • 1565
  • Spain
  • Florida
  • Founded St. Augustine, Spain's 1st successful settlement in North America. Oldest city in North America
sir francis drake
Sir Francis Drake
  • 1586
  • England
  • Florida
  • Attacked and burned St. Augustine