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Grouping: North America - USA

Grouping: North America - USA
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North America - The United States is the focus for this group of 7 explorers and their 7 journeys.

1.  The Explorer:  Alonso de Alvarez de Pineda, 1519 - North America / Gulf of Mexico

The Story:  Corpus Christi

Join the four ships of Alonso de Alvarez de Pineda, who, in 1519, explores north, from Jamaica, through wicked storms, onto the west coast of Florida.  Depth sounding all the way, he maps the gulf coast around to Corpus Christi.  Sailing further down the Gulf to Vera Cruz, he is attacked by his fellow countryman, under the command of Hernan Cortez. Pineda escapes back to Tampico Bay, where the natives attack his settlement and slaughter everyone, including the horses.

2.  The Explorer:  Christopher Columbus, 1492 - North America

The Story:  Desperate and Lost

Follow the Journey of Christopher Columbus, his 3 ships and crew.  In 1492, on his first epic 5 week open water journey, they crossed an unforgiving Atlantic Ocean  driven by his determination to find the Eastern lands by going west ... or die trying.

3.  The Explorer:  Ponce de Leon, 1513 - North America / Florida

The Story:  Flying Fish

Join the 3 ships of Juan Ponce de Leon, in 1513, sailing from Puerto Rico.  His quest, to find the lands north of Cuba and possibly the fabled ‘Fountain of Youth’.  They land on Florida, which he names La Florida, close to present day Daytona.  He then follows and charts the coast south, around the keys.  They experience flying fish, large manatee, and try not to run aground amongst the sand bars and mango groves.

4.  The Explorer:  George Vancouver, 1791 - North America / Hawaii

The Story:  English Hawaii?

Join Captain George Vancouver in 1791, as he leaves England and sails south around Africa and further south, to be driven towards Australasia by the Roaring Forties.  He charted the west coast of Australia and explored the coast of New Zealand, before crossing the Pacific towards the Americas.  He develops a coastal exploration system and spends 3 years charting the west coast of North America.  He trades and barters with the friendly local natives.  Returning to Hawaii, he persuades several chiefs to cede their lands to Great Britain for protection.  Finally, he returns to Britain, via Cape Horn in South America.

5.  The Explorer:  Giovanni da Verrazano, 1525 - North America / Atlantic

The Story:  Cape Fear

It’s 1525 when the Italian born adventurer, Giovanni da Verrazano, leaves Dieppe to explore the eastern Atlantic for the French.  He is much loved by the French for his capture of a Spanish treasure galleon.  Violent storms and calm repeat themselves before the expedition reaches land on, what is now, the Carolina’s in North America.  Following the coast south, they are amazed by the beaches, forests, and lack of people.  They eventually turn north to benefit from the northerly current and make land and follow various inlets and bays where they trade with friendly natives, some of whom, introduce them to smoking tobacco.

6.  The Explorer:  Amerigo Vespucci, 1497 - South America / North

The Story:  Drinkable Sea Water

Join Amerigo Vespucci and his crew in 1497 as they sail south from Spain into violent weather and ocean sand storms.  They negotiate the doldrums onto the northern coast of South America and experience the amazing phenomenon of drinking ocean water.  His documented journeys and written reports of the western lands had European publishers naming the continents after him, America.

7.  The Explorer:  Saint Brendan, 570 - North America / Atlantic

The Story:  Earthly Paradise

Join the voyage of Saint Brendan and his brave followers, as they sail and paddle forth into the unknown waters of the Atlantic from Ireland.  Upon their return they report various geographic locations, topography, flora and fauna that tend to support the validity of their journey to North America, where they believed they had found ‘Heaven on Earth’.  Our portrayal lays out the possibility of one voyage.  True or not, in the 11th century, the Catholic Church documented its parts as fact.

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