In 1524, France entered the exploration race. They hired an Italian explorer by the name of Giovanni Da Verrazano (also spelled Verrazzano) to attempt to find a northern route to the Orient around the Americas.
De Verrazano explored the east coast of North America and is credited with being the first European to enter New York Harbor since the Norse people. Unfortunately he was unable to find a way through to the Orient.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The phrase ''it''s raining cats and dogs'' came from the fact that pets often hid in the roof of medieval homes to stay warm. During rainstorms they would sometimes slip off.