Famous Italians ~ Christopher Columbus was a famous Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer born in Genoa, Italy in He sailed the Atlantic Ocean and discovered the American continents for the Europeans.
Puritans and Quakers are two religious groups that played important roles in the colonization of America. Both groups left England and came to America with the desire to practice their religions more .
On this April 1521 - Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, whose expedition was the first to successfully circumnavigate the globe (sailing under the Spanish flag), was killed in a fight with natives in Cebu in the Philippines.
Christopher Columbus was born in Geneva, Italy as the son of a wool trades man. He believed he could find the sea route to India by travelling west, not knowing there was a new continent at the end of the Atlantic ocean
Queen Isabella of Castile, mother of Catherine of Aragon
1519-1521 Hernan Cortes Arrives in Mexico--Cortes may not have been the most qualified to lead the expedition. Though he was experienced and renowned for his courage, another reason for his appointment was his promise to help finance the expedition. Cortes emptied his personal wealth and poured it into the trip. He mortgaged his lands. He called on friends to both help prepare for the trip and to join his small army.