Have you ever heard the rhyme that starts, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”?
American children have been reciting that line for at least the last hundred years. It shows how important the early explorers are in our history. With every expedition that set sail, the world seemed to get a little bit smaller. Nations have grown and changed so much since the first European explorers went looking for a sea route to Asia. Each early explorer had a goal and a destination in mind and set off over uncharted waters to reach it. Their journeys shaped the world, and their legacy can still be seen—and heard—today.