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.
It may be true that a touch of indifference is the safest foundation on which to build a lasting and delicate friendship.
W. Robertson Nicoll
Original copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost. The copy in Washington D.C. is a handmade copy.