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Italian explorer, cartographer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci has played big role in the history of the Age of the Exploration by managing to be first to come to the conclusion that newfound New World on the west of the Europe is a standalone continent and not a part of Asia.
Modern history remembers James Cook as one of the most important naval officers of the British naval fleet. During his life he performed several expeditions in the Pacific, discovered Hawaii and tried to discovered way through Northwestern Passage.
Juan de la Cosa remains remembered today as naval navigator and the creator of the famous map of the world called "Mappa Mundi". He crated that map sailing on his ship "Santa Maria" that followed Christopher Columbus on his journey to the shores of Central America in 1492.
Early exploration of the North American continent cannot be said without mentioning the exploits of the famous French Explorer Samuel de Champlain who was responsible for naming the country of Canada and igniting colonization of its territory.