Presentation on theme: "Objective: To examine the causes and effects of the search for the Northwest Passage."— Presentation transcript:
Objective: To examine the causes and effects of the search for the Northwest Passage.
Europeans explorers spent over 100 years searching for a Northwest Passage through North America to Asia. England, France, and Holland began searching for a westward route to Asia in order to compete with Spain and Portugal.
Vasco Nuñez de Balboa (1475 - 1519) Explorations for Spain Atlantic Ocean Cool! I, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the great conquistador, am the first European to see the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean!
Explorations for Spain Ferdinand Magellan led the first voyage around the world. Animation: Magellan’s Voyage
Explorations for Spain Amerigo Vespucci was one of the first explorers to come up with the idea that these places he had visited were not part of Asia (as Columbus thought) but rather were part of a “New World." In 1507, a pamphlet was published called "The Four Voyages of Amerigo" and the author suggested that the new land that Amerigo had explored be named in his honor. At first, the name of America was only meant to apply to South America, but later on, both continents of America became known by his name.
Martin Waldseemuller map of 1507. In this document the newly discovered continent is for the first time referred to as "America", a name the author chose in honor of Amerigo Vespucci.