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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Giovanni da Verrazzano

Giovanni da Verrazzano (also spelled Giovanni da Verrazano) explored the east coast of what is now the United States in 1525. He is best known for being the discoverer of New York Harbor and for mistaking the estuary of the Pamlico Sound for the beginning of the Pacific Ocean.

Verrazzano had been provided with four ships, but two of them shipwrecked shortly after departure, while a third one was sent home carrying the prizes from privateering on the Spanish coast, so only the flagship La Dauphine actually

made the crossing of the Atlantic. The ship measured 100 tons and had a fifty men crew. Of these, the only one who is known apart from Verrazzano himself was his brother, Girolamo da Verrazzano, who was a mapmaker.
(Source: www.italiansrus.com)
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