Verrazano

Verrazano, the Florentine Navigator


In 1524 Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, was sent by Francis I. on a voyage of discovery to the New World. Sighting the shores of America
near the present Wilmington, North Carolina, he explored the coast of New Jersey, touched land near New York Bay, and anchored a few days in the harbor of Newport. In this vicinity he came upon an island, which was probably Block Island. Sailing from here along the coast as far north as Newfoundland, he named this vast territory New France.



Source
History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)
By E. Benjamin Andrews
Available from www.gutenberg.org

Published 1912

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