Captain James Cook set out on his first expedition to find the planet Venus, went about his second expedition to find the southern continent and went out on his third expedition to find a passage between North America and Asia. Although many of Cook's expeditions were thought to be failures, he and his team made many important discoveries.
During his first expedition, Cook set out to find and observe Venus to try to determine how far the Earth was from the sun. The second expedition began in 1772 and during this time, Cook wanted to either find a southern continent he heard about or prove it didn't exist. During his third expedition, he and his team searched the coast of Alaska for a passage to Asia, but came up empty-handed.Learn More
Hernando De Soto was an explorer for the Spanish government, and he used to give his men food from his plate whenever they ran out. He traveled throughout Central America, Peru and what would become the United States of America where he was the first to discover the Mississippi River in 1541.Full Answer >
In 1700, William Dampier discovered New Britain, which is an island off the coast of New Guinea. He was the first European to visit the large island.Full Answer >
The method of management that the French used with their colonies was one of direct colonial management. They held key government positions and ruled their colonies directly.Full Answer >
Ferdinand Magellan set sail in order to find a western sea route to the Spice Islands, which are located in Indonesia. He departed with a fleet of five ships and 270 men on Sept. 20, 1519.Full Answer >