Europeans traded with Asia but the route they took was dangerous.Many thought traveling west across the Atlantic would be shorter and safe, So in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Setting sail from Spain,Columbus reached the island San Salvador in the carribean sea.Mistaken that he was in india he called the people there "Indians".
Giovanni da Verrazano & Hennry Hudson
This Italian explorer set sail in 1524,he was probably the first one to reach what is now New Jersey.He sailed north into NY bay.later in 1604 Hennry Hudson took slightly the same route as verrazano and claimed the NY bay for Dutch.He was also the first to encounter the lenape.They agreed on a deal and traded for fur.The Dutch could take the fur back to Europe and sell it for tons of money.
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