The Kurile Islands were discovered in 1634 by the Dutch navigator Martin de Vries.
This area, in which the south-east trade is interrupted, includes the Fiji, Navigator and Society groups, and the Paumotus.
This was probably the farthest point reached before the Navigator died (1460).
This great navigator had already won renown in the service of Henry VII.
The first authenticated visit of a European to what is now New Jersey was made under French authority by Giovanni da Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, who in the spring of 1524 sailed within Sandy Hook and dropped anchor in the waters of upper New York Bay.