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The Age of Exploration
EXPLORER
COUNTRY /
YEARS
Bartholomew
Dias
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Sailed around the
Portugal
southern tip of Africa
1487 - 1488
Vasco da
Gama
Reached India by
Portugal
1497 - 1498
Hernando
Cortés
Spain
Francisco
conquering the
Aztecs
Explored South
Spain
1513
Christopher
America, conquering
the Incas
Explored the West
Columbus
Spain
(Cristoforo
1492 - 1504
Colombo)
southern tip of Africa
Explored Mexico,
1519
Pizarro
sailing around the
Indies, the Caribbean
and northern South
America thinking he
was in Asia
MAP
EXPLORER
COUNTRY /
YEARS
Vasco
Reached the Pacific
Nunez de
Spain
Balboa
1513
Ferdinand
Magellan
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Ocean by crossing
Panama
Led the first voyage
Spain
around the world
1519 - 1522
Amerigo
Vespucci
Explored the eastern
Spain
1497 - 1504
coast of the America’s
and called it a “New
World”
An Italian sailor that
John Cabot
explored the northern
(Giovanni
England
Cabato)
1497 - 1501
America for England.
Explored Northern
Henry
Hudson
Atlantic coast of North
England
Canada while
searching for the
1610 - 1611
Northwest Passage.
MAP
EXPLORER
COUNTRY /
YEARS
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Explored the waters of
Henry
Hudson
Northeast North
The
America, including the
Netherlands
(Holland)
1609
water surrounding
New York City.
An Italian sailor that
Giovanni da
Verrazano
sailed along the
France
1524
Jacques
Cartier
Atlantic coast of North
America for France.
Explored the St.
France
1534 - 1542
Lawrence River Valley
MAP
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