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Giovanni de Verrazzano

Giovanni da Verrazzano or Verrazano[1] (US: /ˌvɛrəˈzɑːnoʊ, –ətˈsɑː-/ VERR-ə-ZAH-noh, -⁠ət-SAH-,[2][3][4][5] Italian: [dʒoˈvanni da (v)verratˈtsaːno]; 1485–1528) was an Italian explorer[6][7] of North America, in the service of King Francis I of France. He is renowned as the first European to explore the Atlantic coast …

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Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon

Spanish conquistador and explorer who tried to start a colony in North America in 1526. He was the first European colonizer of what is now South Carolina. His attempt to settle the coast …

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Ponce de Leon

Born into Spanish nobility, Juan Ponce de León (1460-1521) may have accompanied Christopher Columbus on his 1493 voyage to the New World. A decade later, he was serving as governor …

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Amerigo Vespucci

This article is about the explorer. For other uses, see Amerigo Vespucci (disambiguation). Amerigo Vespucci Posthumous portrait in the Giovio Series at the Uffizi in Florence, attributed to Cristofano dell’Altissimo Born March 9, 1454 Florence, Republic of Florence (Italy) …

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Christopher Columbus and the first contacts from Italy

The explorer Christopher Columbus made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502. He was determined to find a direct water route west from …

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