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Arrival of Native Americans and Europea15

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Arrival of Native Americans and Europeans Columbus never saw the mainland of the future United States, but the first explorations  of it were launched from the Spanish possessions that he helped establish. The first of  these took place in 1513 when a group of men under Juan Ponce de Le ó n landed on the  Florida coast near the present city of St. Augustine. With the conquest of Mexico in 1522, the Spanish further solidified their position in the  Western Hemisphere. The ensuing discoveries added to Europe's knowledge of what  was now named America – after the Italian Amerigo Vespucci, who wrote a widely  popular account of his voyages to a "New World." By 1529 reliable maps of the Atlantic  coastline from Labrador to Tierra del Fuego had been drawn up, although it would take 
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  • Fall '10
  • Southeastern United States, Tierra del Fuego, future United States, Italian Amerigo Vespucci, early Spanish explorations

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