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Explorers Research

You have been assigned to seek information about significant people during the Age of Exploration. You must thoroughly examine the life and explorations of an individual explorer and use this information to complete your graphic organizer.  
Encyclopedias: Use these first - Search for the name of your Explorer. Read the articles then use the web links provided with the article on your subject.

Cite these source links as Databases: Reference Source

Grolier Online: Pay attention to the web links and fast facts tabs. (Access at home - log in using the userid: tjmiddle and thepassword: tiger.) 

World Book:  Go to World Book advanced for more features.  Create login under My Research in order to save citations and links to information.  (Access in school & at home - log in using the userid: jefferson1 and the password: 07410.) 


Web Links: Cite theses sources as Websites

The Mariners Museum:  Age of Exploration chronicles the developments in shipbuilding, ocean navigation, and cartography that made the voyages of the fifteenth through eighteenth century.

Mr. Nussbaum: Famous Explorers

Ducksters: Renaissance for Kids: Age of Exploration and Discovery

Biography Search for the name of your Explorer. Read the articles and watch the video vingnettes about your explorer. 
HistoryWorld:  Search for the name of your Explorer. Read the articles. Use this page for information about how to cite this source

Subscription Database:

Explora Primary Schools logo  Use Primary Schools
PBS World ExplorersCite these videos as Website: Video Clip Online

Samuel De Champlain  known as the father of New France, Samuel de Champlain explored much of what is now Canada. Champlain established the French colonies of Port Royal and Quebec City among others, and utilized the navigable waters of the Great Lakes to link the middle of North American with the trade routes of the Atlantic.

Juan Ponce de León was famous for his quest for the fountain of youth. But is there more myth than truth to this legend? Learn more about de Leon's journeys to the Caribbean and the Americas.

Amerigo Vespucci was the first person to realize that the land across the Atlantic was not Asia, but a new continent. Vespucci explored the South American coast, journeying down to the Amazon river.

John Cabot Five hundred years after the viking exploration of North America, Italian explorer John Cabot became the first known European to reach its mainland. Honing his sailing skills in the Meditteranean, Cabot followed in Columbus's footsteps to explore the Atlantic in search of a route to Asia.

Hernan Cortes now one of the most remembered conquistadors of all time, Hernán Cortés conquered vast parts of Mexico for Spain. While Cortés brought about the end of the Aztec civilization, his legacy is marred by his brutal treatment of Mexican natives.

Christopher Colombus brilliant explorer? Or violent conqueror? Almost no other explorer inspires as much controversy as Christopher Columbus. Find out more about this Italian explorer's historic journey to the Carribean in 1492.

Hernando De Soto as one of Spain's conquistadors, De Soto explored South and Central America in pursuit of treasure. Known for his ruthless tactics, De Soto enslaved indigenous tribes during his travels to build his wealth and ability to explore.

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado sought the fabled golden cities thought to be farther north of what was then New Spain. His exploration through the American Southwest turned up no golden cities, but made him the first European to see the Colorado river and the Grand Canyon.


Cite your sources NoodleTools

Be sure to check the validity and reliability of the authors of different websites. Check several websites for the same information to compare information for accuracy. Don’t simply trust the first website you check! You should individually search for specific information regarding your element by name after using the general sites listed above.