Giovanni da Verrazzano

By: Katie Thompson

Born in Florence, Italy 1485

He was sent by King Francis I of France to explore the East Coast of North America for a route to the Pacific.


Amazing feats- During his period of a pirate,1522, he captured a Spanish treasure ship laden with gold.

Verrazzano wrote to Francis I and said that he was sure that the Sound was the start of the Pacific Ocean and he believed the gateway to gaining access to China via the ocean passage.


Accomplishment- Giovanni da Verrazzano also discovered a "beautiful" harbor naming it Angouleme - which would later be called Manhattan. And lots of the side of North America

Purpose and Outcome of his voyage

He was sent by King Francis I of France to explore the East Coast of North America for a route to the Pacific. As Verrazano explored the coast of North America farther north, he discovered New York Harbor, Block Island and Narragansett Bay. Because he often anchored far off-shore, Verrazano missed discovering the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. He sailed farther north to Maine and Newfoundland before returning to France.

The Final Voyage and Death

In March 1528, he left from France because he didnt find what he wanted the first the time. This time he sailed along the coast of Florida and drifting into the Caribbean Sea.

While sailing south of Jamaica, his crew spotted a heavily vegetated, and no people on the island, and Verrazzano dropped anchor to explore it with a handful of crewmen. The group was soon attacked by a large group of cannibalistic natives who killed them and ate them all.