Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

Discovered America while looking for a trade route to India.

Vasco da Gama

1460 - 1524

Discovered a direct trade route to India, and brought back a lot of expensive cargo.

Francisco Pizzarro

1475 - 1541

Founded Lima (Peru's capital) and was the governor of Peru.

Ferdinand Magellan

1480 - 1521

Led five ships around South America, reached the Philippines and died. His crew was the first group of people to circumnavigate the world.

Hernando Cortez

1485 - 1547

Discovered Mexico and conquered the Aztecs.

Jacquez Cartier

1491 - 1557

Discovered Montreal and St. Lawrence.

Francis Drake

1540 - 1596

Second person to circumnavigate the world.