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.
Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.
The Santa Maria was the only one of Columbus''s ships not to return to Spain. It hit a reef on December 5, 1492 and sank.