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Early Explorers

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  1. Early Explorers By Katherine Pearson and Cathy Gerry

  2. Leif Eriksson • ? 975-1020 • Viking from Iceland • ? First European expedition to North America

  3. Marco Polo • ? 1254-1324 • Italian merchant from Venice • Explored Asia • China • Indochina • India • Brought back silk, spices, porcelain and paper money • Wrote The Travels of Marco Polo

  4. Christopher Columbus • ?1451-1506 • Italian explorer from Venice • Sailed for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain • Landed on the island of Hispaniola near the coast of North America • “Admiral of the Ocean Blue”

  5. Juan Ponce de Leon • ?1460-1521 • Spanish soldier and explorer • Sailed with Columbus • Claimed Florida for Spain in 1513 • Looked for the legendary “Fountain of Youth”

  6. Ferdinand Magellan • ?1480-1521 • Portuguese explorer • Sailed for King Charles I of Spain • First expedition to sail around the world • Died in route • 241 began, only 18 returned

  7. Hernando de Soto • ?1500-1542 • Spanish explorer and soldier • Discovered the Mississippi River for Spain • Explored both North and South America • Died while exploring the Mississippi and buried in it

  8. Francisco de Coronado • ?1510-1554 • Spanish soldier and explorer • First European to explore America’s Southwest • Searched for the legendary “Seven Cities of Cibolia” (gold)

  9. Samuel de Champlain • ?1567-1635 • French explorer • Explored St. Lawrence River area • Traded with the Native Americans for fur • Founded Quebec • Lake Champlain named for him

  10. Bibliography • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/ • http://www.dsusd.k12.ca.us/educational/explorers/ • http://www.quia.com/custom/1482main.html • http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/4034/timeline2.html