Europeans explored the New World
When Europeans came to North and South America starting at the end of the 1400's, they called it "The New World". When the Europeans went there, they "explored" it by visiting different areas, making maps, searching for valuable things like gold, and so on.
We still sometimes call the Americas "The New World" when we are:
- talking about that period in history
- comparing parts of the culture of European countries to countries in North and South America