17th Century Explorers
Find out more about the greatest 17th Century Explorers, including John Rolfe, Henry Hudson, Samuel de Champlain, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and Abel Tasman.
John SmithJohn Smith
06 January 1580, British
Explorer
Henry HudsonHenry Hudson
1565 AD, British
Navigator and Explorer

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
13 August 1574, French
Explorer

William AdamsWilliam Adams
24 September 1564, British
First ever Western Samurai

Abel TasmanAbel Tasman
1603 AD, Dutch
Navigator

Jacob RoggeveenJacob Roggeveen
01 February 1659, Dutch
Explorer who discovered Easter Island
Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La VérendryePierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye
17 November 1685, Canadian, French
An explorer

John RolfeJohn Rolfe
06 May 1585, British
English settlers of North America

William DampierWilliam Dampier
05 September 1651, British
Explorer
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
21 November 1643, French
Explorer

Antoine de la Mothe CadillacAntoine de la Mothe Cadillac
05 March 1658, French
Explorer
Jacques MarquetteJacques Marquette
01 June 1637, French
Missionary

Evliya ÇelebiEvliya Çelebi
Turkish
 

Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon
1570 AD, Dutch
Navigator

Bartholomew GosnoldBartholomew Gosnold
 

Christopher NewportChristopher Newport
30 November 1561, British
explorer
Constantine PhaulkonConstantine Phaulkon
1647 AD, Greek
Adventurer

Robert DudleyRobert Dudley
07 August 1574, British
Explorer

George Anson, Baron AnsonGeorge Anson, Baron Anson
23 April 1697, British
First Lord of the Admiralty

Étienne BrûléÉtienne Brûlé
French
 
Louis JolietLouis Joliet
21 September 1645, Canadian
Explorer

Louis JollietLouis Jolliet
 
Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer

Avvakum PetrovichAvvakum Petrovich
05 December 1620, Russian
Priest

Nathaniel BaconNathaniel Bacon
02 January 1647, British
Colonist
Pierre Le Moyne d'IbervillePierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
16 July 1661, Canadian, French
Soldier

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de BienvilleJean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
23 February 1680, Canadian, French
Explorer
Luís Vaz de TorresLuís Vaz de Torres
 

Jean NicoletJean Nicolet
1598 AD, French
Explorer

Richard HawkinsRichard Hawkins
1562 AD, British
Explorer
Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD, Canadian, French
Fur Trader

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Ralph FitchRalph Fitch
1550 AD, British
Explorer
Anthony van DiemenAnthony van Diemen
1593 AD, Dutch
Colonial administrator

Engelbert KaempferEngelbert Kaempfer
16 September 1651, German
Naturalist

John BartramJohn Bartram
23 March 1699, American
Botanist

Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du LhutDaniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut
1639 AD, French
Soldier
Pietro della VallePietro della Valle
02 April 1586, Italian
Composer
Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD, Canadian, British
Explorer

Henri de TontiHenri de Tonti
1649 AD, Italian
Soldier

Semyon DezhnevSemyon Dezhnev
07 March 1605, Russian
Explorer

Theodore of CorsicaTheodore of Corsica
25 August 1694, German
King of Corsica
Willem SchoutenWillem Schouten
1567 AD, Dutch
Dutch Navigator

Louis Juchereau de Saint-DenisLouis Juchereau de Saint-Denis
17 September 1676, French
Explorer

Pierre François Xavier de CharlevoixPierre François Xavier de Charlevoix
24 October 1682, French
Priest

Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD, French
Traveler

Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce de Lahontan, Baron de LahontanLouis-Armand de Lom d'Arce de Lahontan, Baron de Lahontan
09 June 1666, French
Military officer
Thomas ButtonThomas Button
1575 AD, Canadian, Welsh
Explorer

Pedro PáezPedro Páez
1564 AD, Spanish
Missionary
Jacob van HeemskerckJacob van Heemskerck
13 March 1567, Dutch
Explorer

Claude-Jean AllouezClaude-Jean Allouez
06 June 1622, French
Missionary

Antoinette BourignonAntoinette Bourignon
13 January 1616, French
Mystic
William LithgowWilliam Lithgow
1585 AD, Scottish
Traveler

Isabel Godin des OdonaisIsabel Godin des Odonais
16 January 1728, Ecuadorian
Journeyer