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European Exploration and Colonizatin
Transcript of European Exploration and Colonizatin
Christopher Columbus was a Spanish explorer who was the first of many explorers to travel to the Americas. He was actually sent by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, to search for an easier, more convenient route to India. On August 3, 1492 he set sail.
The Spanish had three goals for exploration: God, Gold, and Glory. Hernando DeSoto was a very good example of that.
Vasco de Gama
This served as a southern outpost of the British empire in North America. It was a British warning point for invaders and it established their presence in Georgia.
Hernando DeSoto came to this area in search for gold, but instead his men died of disease. These diseases spread to the Native Americans and they slowly died as well.Later his body was also found on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Fort King George
Vasco de Gama sailed around Africa and found the first trade route to the Orient by ocean. One of the arrows leading here goes slightly off-course. This is because Vasco de Gama's ship got lost in the Atlantic, bot with much luck he and his crew found thier way to the Cape of Good Hope.
Columbus instead found himself here, in the Caribbean Islands. He had called the natives "Indians" because, at the time, he thought he had arrived on the shores of his planned destination, India. Columbus ended up returning three more times in later years to further explore the land.
Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian navigator and cartographer who lived from 1454 to 1512 A.D. He sailed along the coast of South America and was the first to develop a map that depicts the Americas as separate continents. Actually, he named America after the feminine form of his name.
Vasco de Gama was a Portuguese explorer. He lived from either 1460 or 1469 (it's unknown exactly when) to 1524 A.D. He also was the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.