Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Explorers, including Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan Ponce de León and Samuel de Champlain.
Francis DrakeFrancis Drake

1540 AD

British

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci

09 March 1454

Italian

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh

22 January 1554

British

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León

1474 AD

Spanish

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain

31 July 1574

French

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto

1500 AD

Spanish

Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado

1485 AD

Spanish

William AdamsWilliam Adams

24 September 1564

British

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain

French

Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado

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Matteo RicciMatteo Ricci

06 October 1552

Italian

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo

13 March 1499

Portuguese

Antonio PigafettaAntonio Pigafetta

Italian

Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon

1570 AD

Dutch

Juan de OñateJuan de Oñate
Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher

British

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Christopher NewportChristopher Newport

30 November 1561

British

Pedro de ValdiviaPedro de Valdivia

17 April 1497

Spanish

Francisco de AlmeidaFrancisco de Almeida

Portuguese

Willem BarentszWillem Barentsz

1550 AD

Dutch

Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa

Portuguese

Ruy López de VillalobosRuy López de Villalobos

1500 AD

Spanish

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Alonso de OjedaAlonso de Ojeda

1466 AD

Spanish

Thomas CavendishThomas Cavendish

19 September 1560

British

Jean RibaultJean Ribault

1520 AD

French

Gaspar Corte-RealGaspar Corte-Real

John DavisJohn Davis

30 September 1550

British

Will AdamsWill Adams

24 September 1564

British,American

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Álvar Núñez Cabeza de VacaÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

1490 AD

Spanish

Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral

Portuguese