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.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Medieval knights put shark skin on their sword handles to give them a more secure grip.