Giovanni da Verrazano


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Noun1.Giovanni da Verrazano - Florentine navigator who explored the eastern coast of North America (circa 1485-1528)Giovanni da Verrazano - Florentine navigator who explored the eastern coast of North America (circa 1485-1528)
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In 1524 the Tuscan explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, sailing for the French crown, was so impressed by the beauty of the North American coast that he christened it 'Arcadia,' after a prose pastorale of the same name published in 1502, a work that popularized the notion of a rural 'golden age' among the ancients," observes Yale University history professor John Mack Faragher in his book A Great And Noble Scheme.