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Famous Explorers Nationality  Voyage of Exploration
Sir Francis Drake English Circumnavigated the World
Sir Walter Raleigh English Discovered Guiana
Marco Polo Italian Exploration of China and Asia
Ferdinand Magellan Portuguese First voyage around the world
Christopher Columbus Italian/Spanish Discovery of the New World
Francisco Pizarro Spanish Famous Explorer who conquered the Incas of Peru
Amerigo Vespucci Italian/Spanish America was named after this famous explorer
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Spanish

First European explorer to see the Pacific Ocean

Vasco da Gama Portuguese Discovery of an ocean route from Portugal to the East
Sir Humphrey Gilbert English This famous explorer established St Johns, Newfoundland
Juan Ponce de Leon Spanish First European explorer to set foot in Florida
Sir Richard Grenville English Voyages to Virginia and Roanoke Island and the Azores
Sir John Hawkins English Voyages to West Africa and South America 
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Spanish

Explored the Southwest of North America

Sir Martin Frobisher English Voyages to Labrador and Greenland
Hernando De Soto Spanish First European to explore Florida and South East America
Sir Richard Hawkins English Voyages to South America
Hernando Cortes Spanish Spanish conqueror of Mexico and the Aztec Empire
Bartolomeu Dias Portuguese

First explorer to lead voyage around the Cape of Good Hope

Pedro Alvares Cabral Portuguese The first European explorer to see Brazil in 1500
Giovanni da Verrazzano Italian/French

Italian who explored the NE coast of Nth. America

Gaspar Corte Real Portuguese Exploration of Greenland and the coast of Newfoundland
John Cabot Italian/English

Second explorer to find North America (after Columbus)

Sebastian Cabot Italian/English

Son of the famous explorer John Cabot. 

Jacques Cartier French Led three expeditions of exploration to Canada 
Henry Hudson English Discovered the  Hudson River 
Jacques Marquette French Discovered the Mississippi with Can. explorer Louis Joliet
Samuel de Champlain French Famous explorer and founder of Quebec City.
Pedro Alvares Cabral Portuguese The first  to see Brazil in 1500
Cabeza de Vaca Spanish The first European to explore Texas and Southwest America
Estevanico North African Exploring Texas and Southwest America
Panfilo de Narvaez Spanish The exploration of Cuba and Florida and North America
Fray Marcos de Niza Italian/Spanish Discovered the Pueblo tribe called the Zuni Indians. 
Alonso Alvarez de Pineda Spanish First European in Texas,  proved Florida was not an island
Juan de Onate Spanish Famous for establishing the colony of New Mexico for Spain
Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon Spanish Explorer and colonizer of South Carolina
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Spanish First European explorer to navigate the coast of California
Louis Joliet Canadian Explored the Great Lakes area and Mississippi River


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