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.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
In 1789, Morocco became the first country to recognize the United States.