Monthly Archives: April 2011

Columbus

Christopher Columbus started sailing from the Palos harbor to reach India on August third 1492. They had issues during the sailing because they couldn’t reach India soon and they were not sure about that the earth was round or not. … Continue reading

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Squanto

Tasquantum Tasquantum or Squanto was a famous Patuxet Native American who was influential in the success of the American colonies. Even though this may sound like he was a friend to the Americas just because he was a nice person … Continue reading

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Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro, a sailor from Spain, was born in 1471. He first set sail in 1509 traveling to the costs of the Pacific Ocean for trade. After sailing for trade he set sail in search for gold and other resources. … Continue reading

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Charles V of Spain

Charles V of Spain Charles V of Spain was the king of Spain during the time of Christopher Columbus. In 1519, which is thirteen years after he inherited the throne of his deceased father, Charles and his brother Ferdinand 1 … Continue reading

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Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto was born around 1496 and died in 1542. He was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He is the first documented European to cross the Mississippi River. Soto was born to a poor town and when he was … Continue reading

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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was a Portuguese explorer mostly known for his exploration of the west coast of North America. Cabrillo was the first European explorer to navigate the coast of present day California, which is located in the U.S. He … Continue reading

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Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier, December 31, 1491 – September 1, 1557, was a French explorer of Breton origin who claimed what is now Canada for France.   In his first voyage for France, Jacques was trying to finder a passage to the rich … Continue reading

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Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier was a French explorer born in 1491 in Saint-Malo, Brittany, France. He first set sail in 1524 under Giovanni da Verrazzano, and was reported to the French king as “an experienced seaman and navigator.” Ten years after he … Continue reading

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Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake (1545-1596) was a British explorer, slave trader, privateer (a pirate working for the government) in the service of England, mayor of Plymouth, and naval officer (admiral). Drake led the second expedition to sail around the world lasting … Continue reading

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King Ferdinand

King Ferdinand was the king of Aragon. His wife, Isabelle, was from Castile. They controlled both places separately and didn’t try to combine them. Isabelle’s death in 1504 made him upset, but that didn’t stop Ferdinand. After a conquest over … Continue reading

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