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.
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 for a children''s magazine to commemorate Columbus Day.