Verrazano, Giovanni da

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Born: 1485 AD
Died: 1528 AD, at 43 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Explorer


1485 - Giovanni da Verrazzano was born in at Val di Greve, near Florence, Italy. He came from a good Italian family and was a well educated Renaissance man.

1522 - He was captured a Spanish treasure ship sent from Mexico, by Hernando Cortes, to King Charles V of Spain. The value of gold on the treasure ship was valued at nearly two million dollars.

1524 - In January, he was commissioned by Francis I to command a voyage of discovery to the New World.
 
1527 - He was apparently captured by his old enemy - the Spanish.
 
       - He was reportedly executed at Puerto del Pico, Spain in November, 1528 for Piracy.

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