Giovanni da Verrazano and the French

  • Giovanni da Verrazano was an Italian explorer working for the king of France.

He was looking for a shorter water route to China and the riches of Asia.


  • Verrazano was simply the first of many Europeans to be fooled and disappointed by encounters with what became North Carolina.


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Hernando de Soto and the Spanish

  • Columbus did not find the road to China.

  • By the 1520s, the Spanish had conquered native peoples from Cuba to Mexico.

  • Hernado de Soto and six hundred soldiers began to explore the area that became the southeastern United States in 1539.

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Juan Pardo and More Spaniards

  • The second group of Spaniards explorers stayed longer