This was from Juliana on LDFR
The Explorer Song
by Andrea Stewart
(to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Prince Henry trained the Portuguese and sent them out in ships.
Dias went to Africa but half way round he quit.
Da Gama ventured all the way and India he found.
Magellan's crew did too by going all the way around.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
That is what explorers do, yeah.
They want to cross the continent and trade with the other side.
And this is what they tried.
Columbus traveled west and landed on San Salvador.
Told Isabella it was Asia then went three times more.
Cabot went to Newfoundland and said he found Cathay.
Amerigo said, "No, you aren't far enough away."
The Spanish sent conquistadors to win them fame and gold.
Disease and war killed Indians before the could grow old.
Cortes wiped out the Aztecs, de Leon found Florida's shore.
The south had haciendas but the missions did much more.
Balboa tried to find a place where ships could travel through.
Hiked across in Panama and found Pacific Blue.
Champlain looked for the Northwest Passage after Cartier
France said you must start a fur trade if you want to stay.
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