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
Navigator
Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554, British
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
09 March 1454, Italian
Discoverer of South America

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
1474 AD, Spanish
Explorer

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
31 July 1574, French
Explorer

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto
1500 AD, Spanish
Explorer
BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
1475 AD, Spanish
Spanish Explorer

Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado
1485 AD, Spanish
Explorers

Francisco Vásquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vásquez de Coronado
1510 AD, Spanish
Explorers

William AdamsWilliam Adams
24 September 1564, British
First ever Western Samurai
Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
French
Diplomat, Explorer

Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher
British
 
Matteo RicciMatteo Ricci
06 October 1552, Italian
explorer, cartographer, writer, missionary,

Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado
 

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo
13 March 1499, Portuguese
Navigator
Antonio PigafettaAntonio Pigafetta
Italian
 

Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon
1570 AD, Dutch
Navigator
Juan de OñateJuan de Oñate
 

Francisco de AlmeidaFrancisco de Almeida
Portuguese
 

Christopher NewportChristopher Newport
30 November 1561, British
explorer
Pedro de ValdiviaPedro de Valdivia
17 April 1497, Spanish
Explorer, Military personnel

Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa
Portuguese
 
Willem BarentszWillem Barentsz
1550 AD, Dutch
explorer, cartographer

Alonso de OjedaAlonso de Ojeda
1466 AD, Spanish
explorer, conquistador

Ruy López de VillalobosRuy López de Villalobos
1500 AD, Spanish
explorer

Thomas CavendishThomas Cavendish
19 September 1560, British
explorer
Jean RibaultJean Ribault
1520 AD, French
explorer
Gaspar Corte-RealGaspar Corte-Real
 

John DavisJohn Davis
30 September 1550, British
explorer

Will AdamsWill Adams
24 September 1564, British, American
 

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de VacaÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
1490 AD, Spanish
explorer, writer
Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral
Portuguese