(c. 1451-1506) Explorer, navigator and colonizer. Initiated the Spanish colonization of the New World.
(c. 1450-1499) Italian navigator and explorer who was one of the first Europeans to reach mainland North America.
(1454-1512) An Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer. America likely derived from his first name.
(c. 1603-1683) An English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state.
(1591-1643) A Puritan who was an important participant in the Antinomian Controversy. Modern day crusader for religious liberty and feminist leader.
(1586-1647) Founded the Colony of Connecticut and was a leader of Christian suffrage.
(c. 1601-1671) First woman in North American to appear before a court of the Common Law. Hailed in modern times as a feminist who advanced rights for women.
(1585-1652) Principal figure among the New England Puritan ministers.
(c. 1611-1660) A Puritan turned Quaker who was hanged in Boston for defying a Puritan law banning Quakers from the colony.
(1605-1675) The first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of Maryland who promoted religious tolerance.
(1643-1687) French explorer who claimed the entire Mississippi River basin for France.
(1647-1676) Colonist of the Virginia Colony, famous as the instigator of Bacon’s Rebellion.
(1644-1718) Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania and an early champion ofdemocracy and religious freedom.
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(c. 1554–1618) An English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy and explorer.
(1566-1625) King of England and Ireland.
(c. 1595-1617) Daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief. Said to have saved the life of Englishman John Smith.
(1580-1638) Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan from the Native Americans.
(1706-1790) One of the Founding Fathers of the US, an author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat.
(c. 1680-1718) A notorious pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies.
(1732-1799) One of the Founding Fathers of the US, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and first American President.
(1665-1714) Ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland. Two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, were united as a single sovereign state, the Kingdom of Great Britain.
(1722-1803) One of the Founding Fathers of the US, American statesman, political philosopher and beer brewer.
(1605-1677) Colonial governor of Virginia and one of the Lords Proprietors of the Colony of Carolina. King Charles I of England favored him.
(c. 1604–1690) Puritan missionary to the American Indians.
(c.1612-1672) Major figure in the early history of New York City.
(c. 1645-1701) A Scottish sailor remembered for his trial and execution for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean.
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