18th Century Explorers
Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Explorers, including James Cook, Daniel Boone, Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
James CookJames Cook
27 October 1728, British
Explorer & Navigator
Daniel BooneDaniel Boone
22 October 1734, American
Pioneer

SacagaweaSacagawea
1788 AD, American
Interpreter

Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis
18 August 1774, American
Explorer, Politician

John FranklinJohn Franklin
16 April 1786, British
Explorer

William ClarkWilliam Clark
01 August 1770, American
Explorer
Matthew FlindersMatthew Flinders
16 March 1774, British
Voyager

Charles SturtCharles Sturt
28 April 1795, British
British explorer

Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771, British
Explorer
Alexander Henry the ElderAlexander Henry The Elder
31 July 1739, Canadian
Explorer, Pioneer of British-Canadian Fur Trade

George VancouverGeorge Vancouver
22 June 1757, British
Explorer, Officer
Zebulon PikeZebulon Pike
05 January 1779, American
Explorer, Military personnel

John ColterJohn Colter
1774 AD, American
Military Personnel

George EverestGeorge Everest
04 July 1790, British
Explorer, Geographer

Louis Antoine de BougainvilleLouis Antoine de Bougainville
12 November 1729, French
Explorer, Politician, Writer, Travel writer

Edward BransfieldEdward Bransfield
1785 AD, Irish
Explorer
Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778, Italian
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,

Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD, Canadian, French
Fur Trader

Andries PretoriusAndries Pretorius
27 November 1798, South African
Explorer

George BassGeorge Bass
30 January 1771, Australian, British
Explorer, Surgeon
William ScoresbyWilliam Scoresby
05 October 1789, British
Explorer

Mike FinkMike Fink
1770 AD, American
Frontiersman
Johann Ludwig BurckhardtJohann Ludwig Burckhardt
24 November 1784, Swiss
Explorer, Writer, Art historian, Archaeologist

Charles WilkesCharles Wilkes
03 April 1798, American
Naval Officer

Piet RetiefPiet Retief
12 November 1780, South African
Explorer
Peter Simon PallasPeter Simon Pallas
22 September 1741, German
Explorer, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Scientist,

Francis LightFrancis Light
1740 AD, British
Explorer
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de BienvilleJean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
23 February 1680, Canadian, French
Explorer

Georg ForsterGeorg Forster
27 November 1754
Explorer, Anthropologist, Ethnologist,

Peter Skene OgdenPeter Skene Ogden
12 February 1790, British
Explorer
James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730, British
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist

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Samuel HearneSamuel Hearne
31 January 1745, British
Explorer
Edward SabineEdward Sabine
14 October 1788, Irish
Astronomer

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792, British
Biographer

John OxleyJohn Oxley
1784 AD, British
Explorer

Otto von KotzebueOtto von Kotzebue
30 December 1787, German, Estonian, Russian
Navigator
Adam Johann von KrusensternAdam Johann von Krusenstern
10 October 1770, Estonian
Explorer
Antonio de UlloaAntonio de Ulloa
12 January 1716, Spanish
Astronomer, Explorer, Meteorologist

Benjamin BonnevilleBenjamin Bonneville
14 April 1796, French
Officer

James WeddellJames Weddell
24 August 1787, British
Navigator

John BartramJohn Bartram
23 March 1699, American
Botanist
Nathaniel PalmerNathaniel Palmer
08 August 1799, American
Hunter

Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD, Canadian, British
Explorer

Charles Marie de La CondamineCharles Marie de La Condamine
28 January 1701, French
Explorer

Christopher GistChristopher Gist
1706 AD, American
Explorer

Hamilton HumeHamilton Hume
19 June 1797, Australian
Explorer
Carsten NiebuhrCarsten Niebuhr
17 March 1733, German
Mathematician

Theodore of CorsicaTheodore of Corsica
25 August 1694, German
King of Corsica
Manuel LisaManuel Lisa
08 September 1772, Spanish, American
Explorer

Tobias FurneauxTobias Furneaux
21 August 1735, British
Navigator

John LedyardJohn Ledyard
31 October 1751, American
Explorer
Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794, British
Explorer

John RossJohn Ross
24 June 1777, Scottish
Navy Officer
Jim BeckwourthJim Beckwourth
06 April 1798, American
Explorer

David ThompsonDavid Thompson
30 April 1770, Welsh
explorer, cartographer

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

Karl Friedrich Philipp von MartiusKarl Friedrich Philipp von Martius
17 April 1794, German
Botanist

Sir George BackSir George Back
06 November 1796, British
Artist