Giovanni da Verrazano was an Italina exlporer. Like Columbus, he was also looking for a shorter route to China. He worked for the king of France and started his journey in 1524. He anchored his ship off of Portsmouth Island. Verrazano had thought the color of the sand had meant their was gold there but soon realized that there was none. Even though he did not find the route to china he went back to Europe and claimed that he had. He came to believe that on the other side of the island the waters had led to Asia. Others was just as eager to find a route to China but none of the early explores were successful.