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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.
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.
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.
During the time when Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Grenville made their numerous exploits in warfare, trading and exploration, Sir John Hawkins made name for himself by organizing defense of England against Spanish Armada in 1588 and spearheading movement of transporting slaves from Africa into the New World.
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.