NameLocationSignificance (Why should werember this?)Prince Henry theNavigatorPrince Henry the Navigator isan historic statue located on atraffic median at theintersection of EasternAvenue and Pleasant Street inthe Flint Village section ofFall River, Massachusetts.The Portuguese prince Henrythe Navigator (1394-1460)launched the first greatEuropean voyages ofexploration. He sought newlands and sources of revenuefor his kingdom and dynastyand searched for easternChristian allies against Islam.ChristopherColumbusOn October 12, 1492, Italianexplorer ChristopherColumbus made landfall inwhat is now the Bahamas.Columbus and his shipslanded on an island that thenative Lucayan people calledGuanahani. Columbusrenamed it San Salvador.Christopher Columbus was anavigator who explored theAmericas under the flag ofSpain. Some people think ofhim as the "discoverer" ofAmerica, but this is notstrictly true. His voyagesacross the Atlantic paved theway for Europeancolonization and exploitationof the Americas.Hernan CortezHernán Cortés, in full HernánCortés, marqués del Valle deOaxaca, also called HernandoCortés or Fernando Cortés,Cortés also spelled Cortéz,(born 1485, Medellín, nearMérida, Extremadura, Castile[Spain]—died December 2,1547, Castilleja de la Cuesta,near Sevilla), Spanishconquistador who overthrewthe Aztec.Hernán Cortés was a Spanishconquistador, or conqueror,best remembered forconquering the Aztec empirein 1521 and claiming Mexicofor Spain. He also helpedcolonize Cuba and became agovernor of New Spain.Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro, (born c.1475, Trujillo, Extremadura,Castile [Spain]—died June26, 1541, Lima [now inPeru]), Spanish conqueror ofthe Inca empire and founderof the city of Lima.Francisco Pizarro was anexplorer, soldier andconquistador best known forconquering the Incas andexecuting their leader,Atahuapla. He was bornaround 1474 in Trujillo,
Spain. As a soldier, he servedon the 1513 expedition ofVasco Núñez de Balboa,during which he discoveredthe Pacific OceanBartolomeauDiazBartolomeu Dias, also calledBartholomew Diaz, was aPortuguese navigator whosediscovery in 1488 of the Capeof Good Hope showedEuropeans there was afeasible route to India aroundthe storm-driven southern tipof Africa.In 1488, Portuguese explorerBartolomeu Dias (c. 1450-1500) became the firstEuropean mariner to roundthe southern tip of Africa,opening the way for a searoute from Europe to Asia.Vasco da GamaThe current position ofVASCO DA GAMA is atNorth East Atlantic Ocean(coordinates 38.71055 N /9.12428 W) reported 9 minsago by AIS.Vasco De Gama was the firstEuropean to find an oceantrading route to India. Heaccomplished what manyexplorers before him couldnot do. His discovery of thissea route helped thePortuguese establish a long-lasting colonial empire inAsia and Africa.