Willem Schouten was born in 1567 in Hoorn, Holland. He was a dutch explorer and navigator for the Dutch East India Company. He was the first explorer to navigate Cape Horn and established a route to get to the Pacific Ocean. [Read more…]
Adriaen Block was a private trader and navigator for the Dutch Republic who is best known for exploring the coastal and river valley areas between future New Jersey colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony during four voyages from 1611 to 1614, following the 1609 expedition by Henry Hudson. He is noted for naming Block Island, Rhode Island, and establishing early trade with the Native Americans of the region, and for the 1614 map of his last voyage on which many features of the mid-Atlantic region appear for the first time, and on which the term New Netherland (now New York) is first applied to the region. He is credited with being the first European to enter Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River and to determine that Manhattan and Long Island are islands. [Read more…]
Do you want to learn interesting Jacques Marquette Facts?
Jacques Marquette was a French Jesuit missionary who founded the first settlement in Michigan and became one of the first people to explore the northern portion of the Mississippi River. Marquette accomplished much in his short life and his name still remains on the history books that are studied by many students. [Read more…]
Don Juan de Onate (1550 – 3 June 1626), sometimes referred to as “The Last Conquistador”, was born in colonial Mexico, also known as New Spain. One of the interesting Don Juan de Onate facts about his family was his father, Cristobal de Onate, who was a Spanish Conquistador and wealthy resident of the colony. Onate, would lead expeditions to The Great Plains, Colorado River, and the Southwest of America. He would eventually found the city of Santa Fe. [Read more…]
Hernando de Soto was a Spanish Conquistador that explored deep into the United States. He would be the first to explore modern day Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Arkansas and he would be the first Conquistador to cross the Mississippi River. He, like his predecessors, believed there was a passage through this continent to China. His expeditions allowed for further discoveries and paved the way for other famous explorers to push further into the New World. [Read more…]