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
2. The Explorer: Christopher Columbus, 1492 - North America
The Story: Desperate and Lost
3. The Explorer: Ponce de Leon, 1513 - North America / Florida
The Story: Flying Fish
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
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