Frequent question: Who were the three most important Spanish explorers of Florida?

What are 4 Spanish explorers?

Famous Spanish explorers

  • Hernán Cortés (1485 – 1547) As one of the first conquistadors, Hernán Cortés was responsible for claiming Mexico for Spain. …
  • Fransisco Pizarro (1478 – 1541) …
  • Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475 – 1519) …
  • Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490 – 1559) …
  • Juan Ponce de León (1460 – 1521) …
  • Hernando de Soto (1497 – 1542)

Who were Spain’s major explorers?

Spanish exploration of the New World was led by Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de Leon, who invaded and colonized great parts of what would become South, Central, and North America. The French Empire, led by Jacques Cartier and Giovanni da Verrazano, focused predominantly on North America.

Did Christopher Columbus discover Florida?

*Columbus didn’t “discover” America — he never set foot in North America. During four separate trips that started with the one in 1492, Columbus landed on various Caribbean islands that are now the Bahamas as well as the island later called Hispaniola. He also explored the Central and South American coasts.

Who were the first settlers in Florida?

The first European settlement in Florida was established by French Protestants in 1564. They were led by French explorer Rene de Laudonniere and built Fort Caroline near current day Jacksonville. A year later, in 1565, the Spanish built a fort at St. Augustine.

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