Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Read about major events in U.S. History before 1600, including the explorations of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León.
|c. 12,000 B.C.||North American Indian cultures flourish.|
|A.D. 1000||Norse seaman Leif Ericsson lands in Newfoundland, which he calls Vinland.|
|1492||Christopher Columbus, financed by Spain, makes the first of four voyages to the New World. He lands in the Bahamas (Oct. 12).|
|1513||Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León lands on the coast of Florida.|
|1565||Saint Augustine, Florida, settled by the Spanish, becomes the first permanent European colony in North America.|