John Cabot was an Italian who claimed what is now called Canada for England
Before any other explorer, he thought he had reached Asia.
Verrazano was an Italian who claimed the East cost of north america for France.
This was the first claimed land for France.
Christopher Columbus' discovery gave contact to the new world and old world.
The Columbus exchange made people be able to trade with the new and old world.
Portugal and Spain were the first two countries to claim their share in America.
Soon England, France, and the Netherlands joined in as well.