Explorer Poems Vikings
One Viking is Eric the Red
He made a person be dead.
Then he was banished
Because he made some people vanished.
When the Vikings did a raid,
It made the people be afraid.
In 1100 A.D.
The Vikings stopped to sail the
From 1421 to 1433
Prince Henry's sailors were at sea.
In 1434, instead of bringing fewer
slaves, the sailors brought more.
He saved the slaves and made them
For he was Prince Henry the Great!
At the age of sixty-six,
Prince Henry lay in his Christian
grave dead as a stick.
In the year 1001 A.D.
Leif set out on the sea.
Even though he was a Norse,
He was blown off his course.
He was looking for America,
But soon found Canada.
Leif then found a land where vines
And then he found that there were
grapes there, too.
Like his father who discovered Greenland,
Leif discovered a land named Vinland.
When Leif returned to Norway,
He decided never again to go away.
Six years before the year 1493,
Bartholomew Diaz sailed the deep
Finding a new land one day,
He named this land Herdsman Bay.
To Africa's southern tip
Is where he sailed his ship.
Off the coast of France, at the
bottom of the sea
Is where Bartholomew and his ship
will always be.
In 1271 Marco rose with the
With his brother he said goodbye
to his mother
He slid on his boots and started
on his routes
He opened up trade and lots of friends
In Italy he was a boy
To Khan he was a joy.
27 years he dwelled and his reputation
His leaving was marked by fireworks
Back in Venice they hailed him.
In Genoa they jailed him.
So why in the pool when it's time
to make fool
When "Marco" I cry - It's "Polo"
I don't really know why!
By JL, MR, and DS-Z
In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
Columbus really had no clue
What the heck he was going to do.
On the first voyage he had three
He didn't need to use any whips.
On his second voyage he left 42
When he returned, one said, "You
won't find all of us."
On his third trip he was sent back
So the queen demanded the person
responsible be slain.
On the fourth voyage there was a
When he escaped he used a cane.
He had a disease called arthritis,
Sailing on the sea he did really
When he died he was 55,
Now you know what he did when he
Nunez de Balboa
In 1475 Vasco Nunez did arrive
He sailed on the Main from Spain
But he couldn't pay his tola
He stowed away so he wouldn't have
But he saw the Pacific and claimed
it specific for Spain
But in 1519 he did dread as they
painfully chopped off his head.
Champlain wanted to be the best,
So he went to explore the far, far
He found Quebec and Montreal,
And they weren't very very small.
Then in 1535,
Champlain's death did suddenly arrive.
In 1519 Ferdinand Magellan got quite
of the scene
Of the ocean blue in his ship quite
He and his crew headed west
Without a pest.
They found a place
Bringing a smile to their face
Called the Strait of Magellan.
Without losing his men
He reached the Indies, then
Back to Portugal he did go.
In 1535, Francisco Coronado did
In Mexico. Then he said he'd go
To the Seven Cities of Gold
Which was said to hold
A lot of gold.
But to his surprise, he found Zuni
and Hopi houses that were old.
In 1554 Francisco was alive no more
So he could no longer roam
So this is the end of the poem.
In 1519 Hernando Cortez sailed the
With more on board than three.
He planned to go to Mexico
And to Mexico he did go
And there behold
He found gold.
Hernando Cortez sailed the ocean
With more on board than just two.
Cabeza de Vaca was born, not ready
He took his mother's maiden name
Which happened to lead him to great
In June 1527,
Cabeza left to find heaven.
Instead of reaching his dream
He came across a land never before
He wanted to sail
To Japan, but, yes, he did fail.
He got an illness
And stayed behind while the other
men went to find Mexico.
His good friend stayed with him
And later they saw a fin.
It turned out their ship was right
And they sailed back home all in
Cabeza died at 67
And then went up to heaven.
In the year 1450 Cabot said to the
"I will have some fun before the
day is done."
His fun did come
During the year 1498
When he sailed across the ocean
Then when he returned
And he did too
Turned himself into a floating carcass
on the ocean blue.
In 1491 Jacques Cartier's life had
He did not know that he was going
to live a life of explorations,
And even find a great many new nations.
As a boy he fished with his father
off the coast of Newfoundland,
And wished he could go beyond the
Years later the king did request
That he find a passage to the northwest.
Of course he did not protest,
For he wanted to sail to the northwest.
When he was 43, he set out to sea.
He went through the Strait of Bella
After he had travelled for several
He had been trying to find a waterway,
But instead he ended up near Chaleui
He saw a polar bear,
But he was aware that the king
When he returned to France,
But Jacques feared,
That the king would not be happy.
A year later he stepped onto another
For he was going on his next trip.
James Cook was born a tall,
Who served the Navy and his Dad,
A farm laborer.
On the date of 1768,
Cook was sent to debate,
Whether he could search and find
A continent using his intelligent
Terrific! Bravo! There they go!
Crowds cheered when Cook left.
They returned to England without
And hoped for the best.
After a while he was sent out again,
again to find within time
A continent in the south.
This time Cook sailed across the
Of course he failed once more
In finding what he hoped for.
It was cold but James Cook sailed
around the world
On this second voyage of three.
On his third voyage he wanted to
A passage that was supposed to be
Connecting the east to west of North
He traveled west on the Pacific
to reach a place terrific,
He searched and searched all in
And this brought him great pain.
He went to Hawaii soon to find
That the natives there were not
He left but came back for repairs
Only to find himself in a very bad
On February 14, 1779 Cook's day
started out fine,
But Cook couldn't see the natives'
And there was a fight and in the
Cook lay dead upon the sand.
Verrazano was a paisano born in
Florence is the city where he became
As he got older
He became a bit bolder
And decided that he would explore.
So he took a chance
And sailed on behalf of France
Over the ocean blue.
When did he arrive?
Why, in 1525.
He sailed along the harbor in New
We don't know if he celebrated by
popping a cork.
He anchored in a place called the
While praying he wouldn't encounter
After sailing south in 1528.
Verrazano met his fate.
He anchored at sea
What a mistake that would be.
He died in Guadeloupe
He should have stayed with his group.
(with some help from MM)
Pedro Cabral had thirteen ships
That he took with him on his trips.
From Portugal he came
To represent his name.
There was a harsh storm
That was not very warm.
It got him off track
And he had to go back.
In March of 1500
The rest of the ships
On one of his last trips.
When Pedro discovered Brazil
He had a feeling that gave him a thrill.
He took a vacation
To celebrate the new nation.
In sixteen hundred and nine
Henry Hudson wasn't at all fine.
On a trip to the northwest,
He faced quite a test.
His crew wanted to mutiny,
But he convinced them to wait and see.
His ship, the Half Moon,
Reached Maine around noon.
They headed down the coast
But they were unable to boast
That they had found the passageway
That would have made Hudson's day.
Instead they explored a river and traded for oysters,
Near New York, but not the Cloisters.
Seeing the Tapanzee
Made them happy
Until they reached Albany and found
That they were not Northwest Passage bound.
Hudson called it a River of Mountains
Even though it had no fountains.
He returned to his English home
But again had to roam.
This time however, his crew set him adrift in the cold
And he was never again seen, it is told.
Vasco da Gama
From Portugal did da Gama sail
For he was determined not to fail.
At discovering an ocean route around Good Hope
In Africa, he was able to cope
With unhappy people along the way.
He traded but was not always willing to pay.
To India, da Gama did next go
But he had to leave quickly so
There weren't many goods inside
His ship and many crewmen died
However, da Gama was a hero in name
And provided him money and fame.
Ponce de Leon
In fourteen hundred ninety-three,
Ponce de Leon sailed the sea.
He became the governor on Hispanola,
But there was no cola.
He went to Puerto Rico for the same job
And lost it and did sob.
Next he headed off to find the Fountain of Youth
And that's the truth.
He spent a lot of time in Florida, it would seem.
Because he discovered the Gulf Stream.
He tried to start a colony near Sanibel
The natives fought him under the sun
And he died in 1521.
Pizarro was a bit bizarro.
He never learned to read or write
But he certainly knew how to start a fight.
He learned to explore with Balboa, his friend,
And they went to the end
of the land by the Pacific Ocean
Where he saw the waves in motion.
He went to Peru where he met the Inca king
And with a zing
Killed him and stole his gold
And tried very hard to hold
Onto the stolen government.
Then he got into an argument
With his friend whom he killed in a fit
And that was it.
Amerigo Vespucci told a lie,
But he confessed before he did die.
He said he had beaten Columbus to the west
When, in fact, he did not make that test.
Vespucci did explore the coast
of Brazil, Rio de la Plata and most
of South America.
Modest he was NOT, nor dim,
He suggested they name the new land after him.
And they did!
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