Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Pedro Avares Cabral, and Amerigo Vespucci: These were the first European explorers to the Caribbean, Canada, and South America. Each 'stand alone' page is designed to de-mystify the time period while tying it all together. This includes the 'why' of Europe's sudden quest for exploration. The violence of the empires involved are avoided for the sake of the younger student, yet facts are not glossed over. The short time period covered is perfect as a 'jump off' mini-lesson for older students, or for inserting into world history time-lines. Maps, worksheet, questions, and answer key included.