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Who is Giovanni de Verrazano?

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Giovanni Da Verrazzano was an Italian explorer who sailed under the French flag. He was born in Tuscany, Italy in 1485. He "discovered" New York Harbor, being the first European to sail there. The strait between Staten Ilsand and Brooklyn is named the Verrazzano Narrows after him. The Verrazzano Narrows Bridge spanning that waterway opened in 1964. -- Contributed by Ray Kovach, Chicago, IL

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Giovanni da Verrazzano (also spelled Verrazano) was born in Tuscany, Italy in 1485 and died in 1528 in the Lesser Antilles. He was a Florentine explorer sailing under the French flag. He was the first European to sight New York and Narragansett bays. While growing up in Florence, Verrazzano received an excellent education. Later he moved to Dieppe in France and entered the French maritime service. He traveled several times to the Levant. In 1523, Francis I agreed to provide Verrazzano with two ships to set sail and discover the westward passage to Asia. In January of 1524, Verrazzano set sail, his vessel being named La Dauphine (a term traditionally used to refer to the eldest son of the king - the individual immediately in line to the throne). In early March he arrived at Cape Fear in North Carolina. He then continued northward, exploring the eastern seaboard of North America as far as Nova Scotia. He made several discoveries including New York Bay, Block Island and Narragansett Bay. He was also the first European explorer to name newly discovered North American sites after persons and placed in the Old World.

Without question, Verrazzano was the first European to enter New York bay in 1524. It was another 85 years, in 1609, that Henry Hudson, sailing on behalf of the Dutch East India Company and the individual usually associated with the discovery, would again sail a European vessel into the area.

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Giovanni Da Verrazano was an explorer & navigator for France. He is best known for discovering N.Y bay, Block Islands, and Nargasent Bay

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  1. Giovanni de Verrezzano was an explorer and he was born in Tuscany Italy.He was killed and eaten by cannibals.Canibals are people.That is so
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He explored much of the North American Coastline

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He was born is 1485 on the Verrazano family estate. There being no requirement for registering the birth, the exact date is unknown.

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