Rehoboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Giovanni Da Verrazzano
Born c. 1485 — Died c. 1528
A native of Val Di Greve in the Tuscany region of Italy, he studied navigation as a young man and became a master mariner. He was engaged by the King of France to lead a voyage to North America in 1524. The purpose of Verrazzano's journey was to learn more about the continent. Traveling in a small ship known as the Dauphine, he explored coastal areas from the present-day State of North Carolina to Canada, observing the natural abundance of the land and the vibrant culture of its native peoples. His voyage is the earliest documented European exploration of this part of the Atlantic Coast.
This monument rests upon stone from Castello di Verrazzano, the explorer's ancestral home.
In Commemoration of
erected by the
Delaware Commission on
Italian Heritage and Culture
Location. 38° 43.152′ N, 75° 4.59′ W. Marker is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of North Boardwalk, Atlantic Ocean and Olive Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North Boardwalk, Atlantic Ocean. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. City of Rehoboth Beach (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Funland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. 2.9 miles away); The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Great Dune (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rehoboth Beach.
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1. Giovanni da Verrazzano, from Wikipedia. ...Verrazzano and his crew came into contact with Native Americans living on the coast. However, he did not notice the entrances to the Chesapeake Bay or the Delaware River. In New York Bay, he encountered the Lenape (Algonquian group of Native Americans), and observed what he deemed to be a large lake, which was in fact the entrance to the Hudson River.... (Submitted on November 3, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Giovanni da Verrazzano. Brochure on Verrazzano and the Monument (Submitted on February 12, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Exploration •
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