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He was born in Venice, Italy, traveled to Asia and China, went by land and returned by sea, and a book was written about his travels.
Marco Polo
He explored for the Dutch, discovered Hudson Bay, had a river named after him, and discovered Hudson Strait.
Henry Hudson
He was an Italian explorer, explorered the West Indies and South America, claimed to have discovered America, and gave his name to America.
Amerigo Vespucci
He was the first Englishman to sail around the world, raided Spanish ships to control the sea, was nicknamed "the Dragon," and discovered Cape Horn.
Sir Francis Drake
He was a Spanish explorer, explored the southeastern United States, discovered the Mississippi River, and served as governor of Cuba.
Hernando de Soto
He was a Norseman, first settled in Greenland, was declared an outlaw, and was the first European to record a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.
Eric the Red
Marched to the sea with Balboa, explored Peru, founded the city of Lima - capital of Peru, and ruled Peru until he was assassinated.
Francisco Pizarro
Sailed to America with Columbus, searched unsuccessfully for the Fountain of Youth, first European who discovered Florida, and conquered Puerto Rico.
Ponce de Leon
He was a norseman, was the son of Eric the Red, was probably the first European to reach North America, and became a Christian and a missionary.
Leif Ericson
He was a Portugese explorer, became the first European to reach India by the sea, was named Admiral of the Sea of the Indies, and carried spices from India back to Portugal.
Vasco da Gama
He was a Spanish explorer, led an expedition across the Isthmus of Panama, discovered the Pacific Ocean, and served as governor of a colony.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
He commanded the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He tried to reach the East by sailing west, was the first European to reach the West Indies, and receives the credit for discovering America.
Christopher Columbus

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