European Explorers

Here is a list of all famous European explorers during Tudor times

Name of European Explorer

What was the achievement

Amerigo VespucciOrigin of the name of America is credited to this explorer
Bartolomeu DiasLed first European voyage around the Cape of Good Hope
Christopher ColumbusCredited with discovering the New World
Ferdinand MagellanFirst around the World voyage by a European
Francisco PizarroWas a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition that conquered the Inca Empire.
Francisco Vasquez de CoronadoLed a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas
Gaspar and Miguel Corte RealParticipated in exploration sponsored by the Portuguese Crown. Said to have been first to reach Newfoundland and possibly other parts of northeastern Canada.
Giovanni da VerrazzanoItalian explorer – NE coast of North America from Cape Fear, North Carolina to Maine
Henry HudsonDiscovered Hudson River
Hernando CortesSpanish conquistador who conquered the Aztec empire
Hernando De SotoSpanish explorer and conquistador – expeditions in Nicaragua and the Yucatan Peninsula, and played an important role in Pizarro’s conquest of the Inca Empire. First Spanish and European expedition of the modern-day USA (through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and most likely Arkansas). First European documented as having crossed the Mississippi River.
Jacques CartierLed three expeditions of exploration to Canada
Jacques MarquetteDiscovered the Mississippi River with Louis Joliet
John CabotItalian explorer. 1497 discovered coast of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England. Earliest known European exploration of coastal North America
Juan Ponce de LeonFirst European to land in Florida
Marco PoloItalian merchant, explorer, and writer. Explored china and other Asian countries
Pedro Alvares CabralPortuguese nobleman, military commander, navigator and explorer regarded as the European discoverer of Brazil in 1500
Samuel de ChamplainThe Founder of Quebec City & “The Father of New France”
Sebastian CabotSon of John Cabot. Conducted his voyages of discovery, seeking the Northwest Passage through North America for England.
Sir Francis DrakeCircumnavigated the World
Sir Humphrey GilbertEstablished St Johns, Newfoundland
Sir John HawkinsExpeditions to West Africa and South America
Sir Martin FrobisherExpeditions to Labrador and Greenland
Sir Richard GrenvilleVoyages to Virginia and Roanoke Island and the Azores
Sir Richard HawkinsVoyages to South America
Sir Walter RaleighDiscovered Guiana and established the Virginia colony of Roanoke Island in 1584
Vasco da GamaPortuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea.
Vasco Nunez de BalboaFirst European explorer to see the Pacific Ocean from its eastern shore

See also:

Elizabethan Explorers

Famous British Explorers

Famous Italian Explorers

Famous European Explorers

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