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Great Explorers 4th Grade Grymes Memorial School October 2013

Leif Erikson 1001-1100 Birth place: Norway By: Haley Joe Sacre

Leif Erikson was the first European to explore North America. He did this in 1000 AD. He sailed off course when he was leaving Iceland to get back to Greenland. But he went to North America instead of Greenland.

Source: history people/Leif Erikson

Marco Polo 1254-1324 Birth Place: Italy By: Anthony Hearn

Marco Polo is famous for traveling through Asia. He became one of the first Europeans to travel through Mongolia and Persia. Later on he published a book called The Travels of Marco Polo. This book got many people interested in China and the Far East.

Source: http://depts.washington.edc/silk road/maps/marcopolo.html

Christopher Columbus 1451-1506 Birth Place: Italy By: Andrew Gibson

Christopher Columbus went west in 1492 to find the Indies. He could not go by land because the road was blocked. He wanted to get the gold, spices, and silk from Asia.

John Cabot 1450-1499 Birth place: Italy By: Rylee Spence-Baker

John Cabot was famous for claiming land for England. In 1497, he claimed a little bit of Canada, but he thought it was Asia. He sailed through an island called Newfoundland.


Amerigo Vespucci 1454 – 1512 Birth Place: Florence, Italy By: Alexa Keating

Amerigo Vespucci is famous for sailing to the Northern Shore of South America and went with Alonso De Ojeda, but they got separated and moved on. While he was there he declared that South America was no longer part of Asia. That is why the Americas are named after him.


Vasco Nunes de Balboa 1475-1519 Birth place: Spain By: Ben Eddy

Balboa is famous for finding Panama and being the first European to stand on the eastern shore of the Pacific ocean. This discovery was made Sept. 26, 1513.

Juan Ponce de LeĎŒn 1460-1521 Birth place-Spain By: Reese Horne

Juan Ponce de Le贸n is most known for founding St. Augustine, Florida and the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. Sadly, he died in 1521 because of a poison dart in the thigh.


Ferdinand Magellan 1480-1521 Birth Place: Portugal By: Braden Holliday

Ferdinand Magellan was a explorer born in Sabrosa or Porto Portugal circa 1480. Magellan is best known as the first person to sail around the world in 1519. Magellan proved that the world was round and not flat as most people thought. King Charles I, the grandson of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, sponsored Magellan’s expedition around the world. Magellan traveled around the Pacific Ocean region and was killed by a poisoned dart in Mactan, Philippines on April 27,1521.


HernĂĄn CortĂŠs De Monroy y Pizarro 1485-1547 Birth place: Medellin, Spain By: Nia Dowling

CortĂŠs was famous for conquering the Aztecs in 1521 and for being the first governor of New Spain.


Jacques Cartier 1491-1557 Birth Place: France By: Grace Walker

Jacques Cartier discovered most of what is now called Canada. He also discovered the St. Lawrence river. He was Born in 1491 and died in 1557.

Hernando de Soto 1496-1542 Birth Place: Spain By: James Tanner

Hernando de Soto was the first European to sail the Mississippi and also to cross the Mississippi River. Hernando de Soto was born in 1496 and died in 1542. He was sponsored by Spain. He was born in Spain.

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Francisco Vasquez de Coronado 1510-1554 Birth place: Spain By: Ian Simmonds

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado is famous for finding the Grand Canyon and trying to find the seven golden cities of Cibola in 1540.

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado


Sir Francis Drake 1540-1596 Birth Place : England By: Sarah Sherman

Sir Francis Drake was born in 1540 and died in1596. He was born in England. England sponsored him in1577 to lead the second trip and in1580 to sail around the world. He hit North America, Europe, the bottom of Africa and went to the Gulf of Tonkin.

Great Explorers Timeline Leif Eriksson

1000 AD

Marco Polo


Christopher Columbus


John Cabot


Amerigo Vespucci


Juan Ponce de Leon


Vasco Nunez de Balboa

14751515 1519-1522

Hernan Cortes


Jacques Cartier


Hernando de Soto

1539-1542 1539-1542

Sir Francis Drake

Ferdinand Magellan


Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

Great Explorers Book October 2013  
Great Explorers Book October 2013  

The fourth grade class at Grymes Memorial School is studying the great explorers in history class. They each selected an explorer to resear...