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Famous Explorers

   

EXPLORERS

   
Portuguese
Spanish
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American
All Explorers
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Portuguese Explorers

   
Prince Henry

Prince Henry

This explorer started a famous school for navigation. His students were among the first to sail around the west coast of Africa. Like many sailors of the time, however, they were terrified of sea monsters.

   
Bartholomew Dias

Bartholomew Dias

Dias was the first explorer to sail from Europe to Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

   
Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama

One of the most famous explorers of all time, da Gama was the first European explorer to sail around the southern tip of Africa, eventually landing in the vast trading empires of India.

   

Spanish Explorers

   
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

This explorer’s discoveries changed the course of world history and propelled the Spanish empire to the most powerful in the world. Despite his monumental discovery, Columbus had believed he found the Indies rather than his actual discovery of the North American continent.

   
Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon

This explorer spent much of his time searching for the famed Fountain of Youth, but instead, is credited with the discovery of the Florida peninsula.

   
Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan

"The Captain General," was credited with directing the world’s first circumnavigation. Magellan himself, however, was killed in the Philippines before he could complete journey.

   
Francisco Coronado

Francisco Coronado

This Spanish explorer discovered much of the American Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, while searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola and other mythical cities.

   
Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto

This explorer trekked through much of the American Southeast and is often credited with discovering the Mississippi River.

   
Hernan Cortes

Vasco Núñez de Balboa

This Spanish explorer discovered and claimed the Pacific Ocean for Spain.

   
Hernan Cortes

Hernán Cortés

This Spanish explorer toppled the Aztec empire in Mexico and founded Mexico City atop the ruined Aztec capital. He also explored and named California.

   
Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

The Spanish explorer conquered the Incan empire and founded much of modern-day Peru, including its capital city of Lima.

   

French Explorers

   
Hernan Cortes

Giovanni da Verrazzano

This Italian-born explorer served as a Pirate before searching for the Northwest Passage for France. Verrazano would explore and chart much of the east coast of North America.

   
Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier

This French explorer explored the St. Lawrence River in search of a magical kingdom called Saguenay as well as the elusive Northwest Passage.

   
Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain

Champlain started the first permanent French settlement in the New World at Quebec.

   
Rober Sieur de la Salle

Robert Sieur de la Salle

This French explorer claimed the entire Mississippi River drainage region for France. He named the area Louisiana after his King.

   

English Explorers

   
John Cabot

John Cabot

Italian-born Giovanni Caboto, otherwise known as John Cabot, explored much of the east coast of Canada for the British.

   
Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

This famed pirate was at least partly responsible for the war between Spain and England that resulted in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. He also circumnavigated the world and explored California.

   
Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook

Captain Cook is credited with discovering the Hawaiian Islands. He also explored much of Australia and New Zealand.

   

American Explorers

   
Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark

Click above to visit the web’s most extensive Lewis and Clark resource for kids. This section includes biographies, route tours, numerous activities and much more.

   
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

This record-breaking pilot explored much of the world by air. Learn all about her amazing life story and accomplishments by clicking above.