The 1492-1606 Exploration ClipArt gallery offers 107 illustrations of the discovery and exploration of America by the European nations.

Columbus' accounts being thrown overboard so that Europe may find the records

Accounts

Columbus' accounts being thrown overboard so that Europe may find the records

The Arms of Columbus. There is no wholly satisfactory statement regarding the origin of these arms or the Admiral's right to bear them. It is the quartering of the royal lion and castle, for Arragon and Castile, with gold islands in azure waves. Five anchors and the motto, "A [or Por] Castilla y a [or Por] Leon Nuevo Munido Dio [or Hallo] Colon," were later given or assumed. The crest varies in the Oviedo of 1535.

Arms

The Arms of Columbus. There is no wholly satisfactory statement regarding the origin of these arms or…

Arms on the reverse of title page of the Latin Cortes, 1524.

Arms on Title

Arms on the reverse of title page of the Latin Cortes, 1524.

Balboa discovering the Pacific Ocean

Balboa

Balboa discovering the Pacific Ocean

The Spanish explorer who is most known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513.

Balboa

The Spanish explorer who is most known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean…

Banner of the expedition of Columbus.

banner

Banner of the expedition of Columbus.

Francisco de Bobadilla, a Spanish colonial administrator, and Christopher Columbus.

Bobadilla and Columbus

Francisco de Bobadilla, a Spanish colonial administrator, and Christopher Columbus.

Cabot and his two counts.

Cabot

Cabot and his two counts.

An Italian explorer.

Sebastian Cabot

An Italian explorer.

Fort Carolina on the River of May

Fort Carolina

Fort Carolina on the River of May

The building of Fort Caroline by the Spaniards.

Fort Caroline

The building of Fort Caroline by the Spaniards.

The completion of Fort Caroline by the Spaniards.

Fort Caroline

The completion of Fort Caroline by the Spaniards.

A French explorer who claimed the land that is now Canada for France.

Cartier

A French explorer who claimed the land that is now Canada for France.

An indian club from Hispaniola.

Club

An indian club from Hispaniola.

Coffer and bones, the remains of Columbus.

Coffer

Coffer and bones, the remains of Columbus.

Columbus standing in the streets

Columbus

Columbus standing in the streets

Columbus reading Polo's book

Columbus

Columbus reading Polo's book

Columbus in chains during his exploration

Columbus

Columbus in chains during his exploration

Columbus learning to draw maps

Columbus

Columbus learning to draw maps

"Columbus taking possession of the land in the name of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella."—GOrdy, 1912

Columbus Claiming the Land

"Columbus taking possession of the land in the name of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella."—GOrdy,…

Columbus in chains aboard the Gorda

Columbus in Chains

Columbus in chains aboard the Gorda

Columbus landing on America.

Columbus landing

Columbus landing on America.

The monument for Christopher Columbus in Genoa, Italy.

The Columbus Monument in Genoa, Italy

The monument for Christopher Columbus in Genoa, Italy.

Tomb of Columbus

Columbus Tomb

Tomb of Columbus

Christopher Columbus' armor, from the Collection in the Royal Palace at Madrid.

Columbus' Armor

Christopher Columbus' armor, from the Collection in the Royal Palace at Madrid.

Fleet of Columbus sailing from Palos.

Columbus' Fleet

Fleet of Columbus sailing from Palos.

Columbus' letter number VI.

Columbus' Letter VI

Columbus' letter number VI.

The triumphal return of Columbus to Spain.

Columbus' Return

The triumphal return of Columbus to Spain.

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria with their seals.

Columbus' Seals

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria with their seals.

The return voyage following the discovery of the New World.

Columbus's Return Voyage

The return voyage following the discovery of the New World.

The death of columbus

Death of Columbus

The death of columbus

The departure of Christopher Columbus from Palos, Spain.

Departure of Columbus from Palos

The departure of Christopher Columbus from Palos, Spain.

Parting of Columbus with Ferdinand and Isabella.

Parting of Columbus

Parting of Columbus with Ferdinand and Isabella.

Columbus being received by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella at Barcelona, after returning from the New World

Spanish Royal Reception of Columbus

Columbus being received by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella at Barcelona, after returning from the…

Tomb of Columbus in Havana

Tomb of Columbus in Havana

Tomb of Columbus in Havana

The Triumph of Columbus. A fac-simile of the original sketch by Columbus himsef, was sent by him from Seville in 1502, and is preserved in the city hall at Genoa. The figure sitting beside Columbus is Providence; Envy and Ignorance are hinted at as monsters following in his wake; while Constancy, Tolerance, the Christian Religion, Victory, and Hope attend him. Above all is the floating figure of Fame blowing two trumpets, one marked "Genoa," the other "Fama Columbi." Harrisse says that good judges assign this picture to Columbus' own hand, though none of the drawings ascribed to him are authentic beyond doubt; while it is very true that he had the reputation of being a good draughtsman.

Triumph of Columbus

The Triumph of Columbus. A fac-simile of the original sketch by Columbus himsef, was sent by him from…

Convent of Santa Maria La Rabida at Palos

Convent of Santa Maria La Rabida at Palos

Convent of Santa Maria La Rabida at Palos

Hernan Cortes' Coat of Arms.

Cortes Arms

Hernan Cortes' Coat of Arms.

Armor of Hernan Cortes

Armor of Cortes

Armor of Hernan Cortes

Crossbowman from the 15th century

Crossbowman

Crossbowman from the 15th century

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European to discover the Mississippi River.

De Soto Discovering the Mississippi River

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish…

This image portrays explorer, Hernando De Soto and other Conquistadors at the discovery of the Mississippi River.

Hernando De Soto Discovering the Mississippi River

This image portrays explorer, Hernando De Soto and other Conquistadors at the discovery of the Mississippi…

Dressed in scarlet, and carrying the banner of the expedition, Columbus landed. He was followed by a priest with a cross and the men of the ships. All knelt upon the sandy shore and thanked God for his goodness. Then Columbus took possession of the land in the name of the sovereigns of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella.

Columbus Discovering Land

Dressed in scarlet, and carrying the banner of the expedition, Columbus landed. He was followed by a…

Title page of the Dresden Copy.

Dresden Copy

Title page of the Dresden Copy.

Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos.

Embarking

Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos.

English Explorers bartering for land.

English Explorers

English Explorers bartering for land.

A group of French soldiers during the French Exploration

French Explorers

A group of French soldiers during the French Exploration

The fort held by Spain in St. Augustine, Florida.

Spanish Fort in St. Augustine, Florida

The fort held by Spain in St. Augustine, Florida.

The French made a settlement called Fort Caroline on St. John's River.

Fort Caroline

The French made a settlement called Fort Caroline on St. John's River.

The original gate of St. Augustine, Florida.

Gate of St. Augustine

The original gate of St. Augustine, Florida.

An infante of the Kingdom of Portugal, and was responsible for the early development of European exploration and maritime trade with other continents.

Prince Henry

An infante of the Kingdom of Portugal, and was responsible for the early development of European exploration…

An image of people curing the sick in Hispaniola, during Columbus' exploration there.

Hispaniola

An image of people curing the sick in Hispaniola, during Columbus' exploration there.

Columbus at Hispaniola

Hispaniola

Columbus at Hispaniola

A native house in Hispaniola, an island that Columbus landed on in 1492.

Hispaniola House

A native house in Hispaniola, an island that Columbus landed on in 1492.

In 1562, Ribault was chosen to lead an expedition to the New World to establish a haven for the Huguenots. With a fleet of 150 colonists he crossed the Atlantic Ocean and explored the mouth of the St. Johns River in modern-day Jacksonville, Florida.

The Huguenots - Landing of John Ribault

In 1562, Ribault was chosen to lead an expedition to the New World to establish a haven for the Huguenots.…

On the 1st of May the Indian Queen crossed the river in a canoe. She presented De Soto with skins, shawls, and a pearl necklace with knowledge of where to find more pears. This generosity did not save her from being taken prisoner.

De Soto and the Indian Queen

On the 1st of May the Indian Queen crossed the river in a canoe. She presented De Soto with skins, shawls,…

A palisaded Indian Town in Alabama during early Spanish America.

Indian Town

A palisaded Indian Town in Alabama during early Spanish America.

"La Salle's house (Canada) in 1900." -Perry Jr., 1913

La Salle's House

"La Salle's house (Canada) in 1900." -Perry Jr., 1913

The Ladrones islands, meaning "Islands of Thieves." Currently they are named the Mariana Islands. Magellan discovered this group of islands.

Ladrones Islands

The Ladrones islands, meaning "Islands of Thieves." Currently they are named the Mariana Islands. Magellan…

The landing of Columbus

Landing

The landing of Columbus