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Sir Francis Drake is today remembered as one of the finest English naval explorers of the 16th century. He led several important expeditions, discovered new lands, and managed to become first Englishman who has circumvented the world.
George Vancouver was famous British Navy officer and navigator who is today best remembered by the Canadian city of Vancouver which carries his name. Here you can read more about his life, exploratory missions and other achievements.
Famous English Explorer Henry Hudson is remembered today for his mapping exploits on the territory of the northeastern United States, most notably discovery of the Hudson River and Hudson Bay.
More than 100 years before first explorer set his foot on the North Pole, the early exploration of the North and South Pole started to be realized with the efforts of the many influential explorers. One of the most famous one of them was John Franklin.
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.
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.
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.
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 Martin Frobisher managed during his life to become famous for his unsuccessful efforts of exploration in Northern Atlantic where he tried to find way through the Northwestern Passage between Artic polar Ice and Canada.
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.
England was a home of many Polar explorers, and Vivian Fuchs was one of the most famous ones. During his life he managed to become third man who managed to reach South Pole.