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Christopher Columbus

Famed Italian explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the "New World" of the Americas on an expedition sponsored by King Ferdinand of Spain in 1492.
  • Explorer
  • (c. 1451–1506)

Jacques Cartier

French explorer Jacques Cartier is known chiefly for exploring the St. Lawrence River and giving Canada its name.
  • Explorer
  • (1491–1557)

Henry Hudson

English explorer Henry Hudson embarked on multiple sailing voyages that provided new information on North American water routes.
  • Explorer
  • (c. 1565–c. 1611)

John Cabot

Explorer John Cabot made a British claim to land in Canada, mistaking it for Asia, during his 1497 voyage on the ship Matthew.
  • Explorer
  • (c. 1450–c. 1499)

Amerigo Vespucci

America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World.
  • Explorer
  • (c. 1451–c. 1512)

Marco Polo

Venetian merchant and adventurer Marco Polo traveled from Europe to Asia from 1271 to 1295. He wrote Il Milione, known in English as The Travels of Marco Polo.
  • Journalist,
  • Explorer
  • (c. 1254–1324)

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