Giovanni da Verrazano Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 2 pages of information about the life of Giovanni da Verrazano.
This section contains 453 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Giovanni da Verrazano Biography

Encyclopedia of World Biography on Giovanni da Verrazano

The Italian navigator and explorer Giovanni da Verrazano (ca. 1485-ca. 1528) made a voyage to North America in 1524-1525, in the service of France, during which he explored and charted the Atlantic coast of North America.

Following the Spanish discovery of rich Indian civilizations in Mexico and Peru, other European powers also sought footholds in the New World. The English and the French actively pursued an empire in the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. Francis I, King of France, was anxious to put out an exploratory expedition before his European competitors had claimed all of the New World. In January 1525 he authorized an expedition of four ships. Giovanni da Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, was chosen as pilot of one of these ships, the Dauphine. The expedition also had a second mission. Shortly after leaving France, three of the ships broke away and engaged in pirating expeditions against Spanish...

(read more)

This section contains 453 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Giovanni da Verrazano Biography
Copyrights
Gale
Giovanni da Verrazano from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook