North America was a contested battleground, as explorers came to the New World. Here are the major North American explorers and their stories.

La Salle, Sieur de

La Salle, Ren Robert Cavelier, Sieur de (1643-1687), a French explorer of North America.

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  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition (May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806), an expedition sent by President Thomas Jefferson to examine the resources of the far Northwest. See more »

  • Alexander Henry

    Alexander Henry

    Henry, Alexander (1739-1824), a Canadian fur trader and explorer. He made many trips through the uncharted region that later became northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. See more »

  • Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus

    Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506), an Italian navigator and explorer. (Christopher Columbus is the Latin form of his name. See more »

  • Francisco Vasquez De Coronado

    Francisco Vasquez De Coronado

    Coronado, Francisco Vasquez de (1510-1554), a Spanish explorer of the American Southwest. See more »

  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson

    Hudson, Henry (?-1611), an English navigator and explorer. His exploration of the Hudson River, on a voyage sponsored by the Dutch, led to their colonization of what is now New York City. See more »

  • Robert Gray

    Robert Gray

    Gray, Robert (17551806), a United States sea captain and fur trader. In 1792. while sailing along the Pacific coast, he discovered the Columbia River and named it for his ship. See more »

  • Sir Walter Raleigh

    Sir Walter Raleigh

    Raleigh (or Ralegh), Sir Walter (1552-1618), an English soldier, seaman, politician, writer, and colonizer. See more »

  • Andrew Henry

    Andrew Henry

    Henry, Andrew (1775-1833), a United States fur trapper and explorer. Henry was born in York County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Missouri in 1800. See more »

  • Angelo Heilprin

    Angelo Heilprin

    Heilprin, Angelo (1853-1907), a United States geologist and explorer. Heilprin made field trips to the Florida Everglades, Mexico, North Africa, Alaska, and the Bermuda Islands. See more »

  • Claude J. Allouez

    Claude J. Allouez

    Allouez, Claude Jean (1622-1689), a French Jesuit missionary and an early explorer of the Lake Superior region. See more »

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