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The "New" Continent - 16th Century

A Case of Mistaken Identity!


Without complete maps of the world to guide them, the first Europeans (after the Vikings) set out hoping to find Asia. Setting sail and travelling west, they bumped into North America. Some thought they'd reached Asia, others thought they'd found a group of islands near China. They had found neither.

This part of Passageways: True Tales of Adventure for Young Explorers website looks at these first European explorers of what would one day become Canada.

Click on the explorer's name to find out more about him.