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Explorer Nobu Shirase became very popular in his home country of Japan after he returned from the Antarctic expedition where he managed to explore several territories of this frozen continent.
The discovery of a New World by Christopher Columbus kick-started one the greatest age of exploration that Earth has ever seen. For over 3 centuries, explorers from around the world explored these vast continents, in search for undiscovered fertile lands, vast resources and better trade routes.
Known as one of the greatest English naval officers of the 16th century, Sir Francis Drake lived his life on the sea as the privateer and explorer. Fighting his entire life against Spanish, he managed to circumvent the world in 1580.
Early years of 20th century are today remembered as one of the most exciting times for the explorers. In that short 25-year period, several important scientific journeys left their mark in the polar snows and history of the world. That time-period is today known as "Heroic Age of Polar Exploration".