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Giovanni da Verrazzano

Explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano

Profession: Explorer

Nationality: Florentine

Why Famous: Renowned as the first European since the Norse expeditions to North America around AD 1000 to explore the Atlantic coast of North America between Florida and New Brunswick, including New York Bay and Narragansett Bay in 1524.

Birthplace: Val di Greve, Italy

Historical Events

  • 1524-01-17 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage to find a passage to China

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