By: Lianna Butt

Christopher Columbus

Columbus was a Spainsh explorer. He was only 14 years old when he sailed for the first tie in 1492. He hoped to find a route to India from Europe. This was very much needed because it was hard to get to India at the time and a new route could open more trade routes for Spain.

Vasco De Gama

Vasco De Gama was a portuguese explorer. He had six sons and one daughter. Like most explorers he wanted to find gold and new trade routes. He found a new route to India from Europe. He was the first to find this route. There was many ways to get to India but this was the first sea route that went all the way to India.

John Cabot

John Cabot was born in 1450. He never came back from his second expedition in 1499. He sailed to find new land for England even though he lived in Italy. His ship was named Matthew.

Hernan Cortez

Hernan Cortez was born in 1485 and died in 1547. He hoped to find gold and his sponsoring nation, Spain, hoped he would too. He destroyed and took over the Aztec empire in what is now central and southern Mexico. He first set sail for the new world at age 19.