Giovanni da Verrazzano

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Map of 1524 voyage

Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485 – 1528) was a Florentine explorer of North America.[1][2] He is known for being the first European since the Norse colonization of the Americas around 1000 to explore the east coast of North America between South and North Carolina and Newfoundland, including New York Harbor and Narragansett Bay in 1524.[3] The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is named for him.[4]

meant that incorrect maps were printed in Europe. These maps showed North America as split into two parts, connected by a narrow strip of land. This error took over a century to correct.

Verrazzano discovered New York Harbor, Block Island and Narragansett bay while exploring the Atlantic coast of North America. However, he missed some important discoveries because he often anchored far off-shore. He sailed further north to Maine and Newfoundland, and then returned to France with his discoveries. He made two more trips to the Americas after that.

There are conflicting reports on how he died. One version says he was killed and eaten by natives on Guadalupe Island. Another says he was executed for piracy in Spain. New York Harbor’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge commemorates this journey and his discoveries.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Giovanni da Verrazzano | Italian navigator".
  2. di Sergio Parmentola. "Verrazzano, Giovanni da in "Enciclopedia dei ragazzi"".
  3. Greene, George Washington (1837). The Life and Voyages of Verrazzano. Cambridge University: Folsom, Wells, and Thurston. p. 13 – via Google Books.
  4. "Verrazano It Is, in Bridge's Name; Governor Signs Disputed Designation Into Law". The New York Times. March 10, 1960.