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 most important things in life aren''t things.
Quoted in the bulletin of the First Christian Church of Fairfiled, Illinois
The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.