Giovanni da Verrazzano

1485 - 1528

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Giovanni da Verrazzano ( VERR-ə-ZAH-noh, -⁠ət-SAH-, Italian: [dʒoˈvanni da (v)verratˈtsaːno], often misspelled Verrazano in English; 1485–1528) was an Italian (Florentine) explorer of North America, in the service of King Francis I of France. He is renowned as the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America between Florida and New Brunswick in 1524, including New York Bay and Narragansett Bay. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giovanni da Verrazzano has received more than 943,865 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Giovanni da Verrazzano is the 42nd most popular explorer (down from 41st in 2019), the 549th most popular biography from Italy (up from 553rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Explorer.

Giovanni da Verrazzano is most famous for being the first European to explore the Atlantic Coast of North America.

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Among explorers, Giovanni da Verrazzano ranks 42 out of 405Before him are Pytheas, Jan van Riebeeck, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Ingólfr Arnarson, Martin Behaim, and Antonio Pigafetta. After him are Jacob Roggeveen, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Zhang Qian, Robert Falcon Scott, Henry Hudson, and Sven Hedin.

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Among people born in 1485, Giovanni da Verrazzano ranks 3Before him are Hernán Cortés and Catherine of Aragon. After him are Dragut, Thomas Cromwell, Pedro de Alvarado, Sebastiano del Piombo, Clément Janequin, Joos van Cleve, Johannes Bugenhagen, Wolf Huber, and Balthasar Hubmaier. Among people deceased in 1528, Giovanni da Verrazzano ranks 3Before him are Albrecht Dürer and Matthias Grünewald. After him are Pánfilo de Narváez, Georg von Frundsberg, Palma Vecchio, Pedro Navarro, Count of Oliveto, Balthasar Hubmaier, Rana Sanga, and Clarice de' Medici.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giovanni da Verrazzano ranks 549 out of 4,088Before him are Giuseppe Peano (1858), Libius Severus (420), Tancred, Prince of Galilee (1072), Lucullus (-118), Antonello da Messina (1430), and Berengar I of Italy (850). After him are Pope John XVII (950), Matilda of Tuscany (1046), Pope Adrian III (800), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Giulio Romano (1499), and Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583).

Among EXPLORERS In Italy

Among explorers born in Italy, Giovanni da Verrazzano ranks 6Before him are Marco Polo (1254), Christopher Columbus (1451), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), John Cabot (1450), and Antonio Pigafetta (1492). After him are Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), and Niccolò de' Conti (1395).