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Giovanni da Verrazano was a Florentine explorer and navigator Although he was Italian he was employed by the kind of France to find apassage to the Pacific Ocean The exact date of his birth and death arenot known but historians believe that he was born in 1480 and he died in1527 In 1524 he started on a voyage and discovered Cape Fear He isbelieved to have been the first European to sight the New York Bay but itwas not explored until Henry Hudsons voyage in 1609 Verrazono alsoexplored the North Carolina coast and he visited the Chesapeake region andthen northward to Nova Scotia In fact he explored much of the Americancoast line When Giovanni was 39 he explored more of the coast sailinghis 100-ton ship Dauphine for the French While on this mission hediscovered a beautiful harbor in April and gave the name Angouleme tothe island that will later be called Manhattan But Giovanni wasntflawless While he was still on this journey he mistook the large bodyof water to the west of the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the PacificOcean A map by Sebastian Munster shows the false Sea of Verrazano His voyages affected all men because he discovered some importantlands that are vital to us today such as Manhattan If he had notdiscovered these expanses maybe someone else who had different intentionswould have found them and then our whole American history would bedifferent He could have burned the lands and sold them to Australiansbut he didnt He was responsible and returned to the King of Francewith pride He set a good example for our present day explorers We maynot be searching for new lands but there is always a new frontier to beThere is not a lot written about Giovannis personal life and hispersonality but from what I have read he seemed to be an adventurousindividual who just wanted to explore and discover new lands He may beoverlooked in most of the history
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