Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbasko ˈnuɲeθ ðe βalˈβo.a]; c. 1475 – around January 12–21, 1519) was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. Continue reading

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (c. 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Born in the Republic of Genoa, under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

Christopher Columbus saved by an eclipse

In 1503 during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus and his men were stranded for months on the island of Santo Domingo (now Hispaniola, divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic) due to the shipped being disabled by shipworms. Continue reading

First European explorer to land on the South American continent

Christopher Columbus, during his third voyage, became the first European explorer to land on the South American continent. Continue reading

Letters from Christopher Columbus sent from Lisbon

Christopher Columbus, on March 14th 1493, having docked in Lisbon, Portugal, at the end of his first voyage to the New World, he wrote and dispatched two identical letters, one to Raphael Sanchez and the other to Luis de Santangel. Continue reading

Take on the arctic by land… A Canadian thing Eh!

In 1770-72, while employed by the Hudson's Bay Company, Samuel Hearne, an English Canadian was sent on an exposition North to see if he could find a path to Asia. Continue reading

Canadian fur trader reaches Pacific Coast

Leaving from Fort Chipewyan at Lake Athabasca (noa Alberta, Canada) following the Peace River, Parsnip River, Fraser River, along the Blackwater River and Bella Coola River, explorer and fur trader Alexander Machenzie, a Scottish born Canadian crossed the Rocky Mountains to reach what is now Dean Channel on the Pacific coast of British Colombia, Canada on July 22nd, 1793. Continue reading