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Alexander Gordon Laing is today remembered as one of the casualties of the early 19th century exploration of Africa. However, before he died he managed to become first European to reach the isolated city of Timbuktu.
Italian explorer, cartographer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci has played big role in the history of the Age of the Exploration by managing to be first to come to the conclusion that newfound New World on the west of the Europe is a standalone continent and not a part of Asia.
Modern explorers did not have much exploits left to conquer, but that did not stop American adventurer and author Ann Bancroft when she successfully became first woman to reach both North and Sout pole on foot and sleds. Learn more about her life here.
Before the discovery of the sea trade route to India, many explorers tried to explore the coast of Africa and see if that route provides potential for reaching Asia. One of the most important explorers from that period was Bartolomeu Dias who discovered Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa.
Many explorers of the New World are famous for their discoveries, but Cabeza de Vaca is today remembered for his disastrous expedition in which he barely managed to survive and after many years of hardship return to Europe.
Christopher Columbus - famous Italian navigator and explorer will forever remain remembered for his first historic journey from the Europe to the Central America. Discovery of this new continent started the new era of sea exploration and expansion of European civilization over entire world.
Finding the sea trade route to the India was a life goal of many Portuguese explorer toward the end of 15th century. Diogo Cão did not manage to achieve that goal, but his discoveries paved the way for Vasco Da Gama.
Over the course of the life of American explorer, researcher and sailor Donald Baxter MacMillan, he managed to be a part of over 30 missions to the frozen Arctic and surrounding North Sea.
History today remembers English-born Douglas Mawson as one of the most popular explorers of Antarctic who lived most of his life in Australia. Here you can learn more about his life and the way he explored Antarctica.
History of the exploration of Antartica cannot be fully said without mentioning the expoits of the Welsh Australian geologist Sir Edgeworth David who had close ties with many famous explorers of his time and has personally led several missions on the frozen continent.
Ernest Shacketon is today remembered as one of the most popular explorers of the Antarctic. During his life he led several missions to the frozen continent, managing to reach as close as 102 miles from the pole.
Eudoxus of Cyzicus is 2nd century BC Greek sea navigator that was part of several exploratory missions in Indian Sea and coast of Africa. Read more about his exploits here.
The quest for finding mythical El Dorado attracted many explorers, including Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who managed to lead very large expedition around the area of river Rio Grande.
Arctic explorer Frederick Cook was one of the two people who claimed they were the first who reached the territory of north Pole in 1907. Even though scientific community awarded that discovery to Robert Peary, Frederick Cook remains remembered today for his exploits in the frozen north and legal battle that ensued after his return home.
Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen is today remembered not only for winning a Nobel Prize for peace, but also for establishing several bases in the frozen Arctic that helped all future explorers who wanted to reach the North Pole.
Giosafat Barbaro was one of the most-traveled members of Venetian state whose travelogues and articles managed to paint a very interesting picture of central and Eastern Europe in 15th century.
Early 16th century was filled with numerous explorers who have started charting the coast of New World in search for the way to India. One of the more famous navigators from that time was Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano who mapped northwestern coast of United States and Canada.
Hernando de Soto was a famous Spanish Conquestador who managed to claim his spot in history by exploring territories in Florida, southeastern US, Missisippi and the destruction of Incan empire under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro.
French explorer Jacques Cartier remains remembered today as the first person who claimed the territory of Canada for the French King Francis I. Here you can learn more about his life and his exploits on the North America.
Modern history remembers James Cook as one of the most important naval officers of the British naval fleet. During his life he performed several expeditions in the Pacific, discovered Hawaii and tried to discovered way through Northwestern Passage.
Italian navigator John Cabot became second European person to land on the New World while sailing under flag of England. Here you can find out more about his life and discoveries.
Scotland explorer John Rae managed to secure his place in history with his numerous journeys to the Canadian northwest where he tried to map Northwestern passage, and also for being first person who found resting place of the doomed Franklin expedition.
During his life British naval officer and explorer John Ross visited both Arctic and South Pole, but his biggest claim to fame arrived during the years when he tried to find the route through Northwestern Passage.
John Smith is today remembered as one of the most celebrated figures in the early history of North America. Here you can learn more about his exploits in establishing first English settlement in the United States and other adventures.
Juan de Onate is today remembered as one of the last Spanish conquistadores who during his life managed to be involved in several important exploratory missions, discovery of new Native American cultures and colonization of the New World.
Juan Ponce de Leon is a famous Spanish Explorer who has managed during his life to claim his spot in history by being one of the first explorers to enter the Gulf of Mexico, explore and colonize Florida, and more. Learn more about his life here.
Discovery of the New World was often attributed to the Christopher Collumbus, however history tells us that almost 500 earlier one Norse navigator (Leif Ericson) managed to travel to Iceland, Grenland and eventually land on the shore of the Baffin Island off the shore of Canada. Learn more about his life and discoveries here.
Louis Joliet is a famous Canadian explorers who was instrumental in the discovery of territories surrounding the river Mississippi, and locating the area where later city of Chicago was formed.
The end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration did not mean that Antarctic had no more challenges left in it. This was proved by British explorer and adventurer Ranulph Fiennes who managed to cross Antarctic on foot and visit south pole.
Richard Mohun made his fame and fortune spending the large portion of his life in Africa where he served as the US diplomat, commercial agent, consul, soldier and explorer that surveyed territory of Eastern Africa.
Roald Amundsen is without a doubt one of the most famous explorers of Polar regions. He managed to be a first man who claimed South Pole, and he dedicated the rest of his life for searching of Northwestern Passage and helping other explorers in trouble.
Vast majority of polar explorers were only part of few expeditions to frozen continents, but only few spent their entire life visiting them. One of those explorers is Robert Bartlett who went to Arctic more than 40 times.
Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration had many heroes, but one of the most famous ones was Robert Falcon Scott who tragically died in the snow together with the part of his expedition group shortly after returning from South Pole which was conquered by Roald Admunsen just few weeks earlier.
The age of Polar Exploration gave us many explorers who achieved incredible deeds, but one of the most famous one is without any doubt American explorer Robert Peary who managed to become first man who reached North Pole. Learn more about his life and discoveries here.
Early exploration of the North American continent cannot be said without mentioning the exploits of the famous French Explorer Samuel de Champlain who was responsible for naming the country of Canada and igniting colonization of its territory.
In the early years of the 16th century Spanish captain Sebastián de Ocampo proved to the world that the Caribbean island Hispaniola (now known as Cuba) was not the part of the larger continent but that is island instead.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie is a famous Scottish explorer who managed to become first European who performed overland crossing of North America from East to West Coast above the territories of Mexico, predating the famous expedition of Lewis and Clark for 10 years.
British naval officer Sir George Back managed during his life to distinguish himself in both military career and as a naturalist and explorer. His efforts unveiled new unexplored area of the far north sea, survive harsh winters on the sea and return home in almost completely damaged ship.
History remembers Sir Humphrey Gilbert not only as a brother of famous Sir Walter Raleigh, but also as a very important British explorer, adventurer soldier and position who played important part in the effort of England to colonize North American continent.
Sir Richard Grenville was a cousin of the Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake, responsible for several victories against Spanish naval armadas and establishing English colonies in the New World.
The life of the naval explorer in the late 16th and early 17th century was best recorded in the popular book “Voiage into the South Sea” that was written by the famous English admiral, privateer and explorer Sir Richard Hawkins.
The quest for mystical city of El Dorado was much publicized tale that attracted many explorers to organized expeditions to Americas. Sir Walter Raleigh was one of those explorers, but his greatest claim to fame was not his discoveries, but his books that described exaggerated events from his adventures in North America.
Thomas Cavendish was a famous English naval explorer who made the name for himself by becoming the first man who has deliberately circumvented the Earth. He raided several Spanish ships and finished the journey around the world in record time. Learn more about his exploits here.
Vasco da Gama remains remembered today as one of the most important sea navigators and explorers of the Age of Discovery. Learn more about his life here, especially about his very influential journey to India.
Spanish explorer and conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa managed during his life to discover one of the most important discoveries in Central America – the way to the Pacific Ocean via Strait of Panama.