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Christopher Columbus Columbus explored the east side of the Americas. 1492 He sailed for Spain
Hernando Cortes 1519 Cortes explored Tenochtitlán Tenochtitlan was one of the largest cities in the world. Sailed for Spain
Giovanni de Verazzono 1524 Verazzono explored the north coast of America from the Carolinas to Nova Scotia. King Francis sponsored Verrazono. Sailed for France.
Jacques Cartier 1535 He explored Montreal. He also named the St. Lawrence River. Sent by King Francis. Sailed for France
Samuel de Champlain 1608 In 1608 he ventured as far west as Lake Huron. He built a trading a trading post in Quebec. Sent by King Henry IV. Sailed for France
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