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
John FranklinJohn Franklin
16 April 1786, British
Explorer

SacagaweaSacagawea
1788 AD, American
Interpreter

Daniel BooneDaniel Boone
22 October 1734, American
Pioneer

Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis
18 August 1774, American
Explorer, Politician

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

Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771, British
Explorer

Charles SturtCharles Sturt
28 April 1795, British
British explorer
Alexander Henry the ElderAlexander Henry The Elder
31 July 1739, Canadian
Explorer, Pioneer of British-Canadian Fur Trade

Hugh GlassHugh Glass
1783 AD, American
Hunter
George VancouverGeorge Vancouver
22 June 1757, British
Explorer, Officer

John RossJohn Ross
24 June 1777, Scottish
Navy Officer

Zebulon PikeZebulon Pike
05 January 1779, American
Explorer, Military personnel

Alexander MackenzieAlexander Mackenzie
1764 AD, British, Scottish
Explorer

John ColterJohn Colter
1774 AD, American
Military Person
Antoine de la Mothe CadillacAntoine de la Mothe Cadillac
05 March 1658, French
Explorer

David ThompsonDavid Thompson
30 April 1770, Welsh
explorer, cartographer

Jim BeckwourthJim Beckwourth
06 April 1798, American
Explorer

Andries PretoriusAndries Pretorius
27 November 1798, South African
Explorer
Piet RetiefPiet Retief
12 November 1780, South African
Explorer

Louis Antoine de BougainvilleLouis Antoine de Bougainville
12 November 1729, French
Explorer
George Anson, Baron AnsonGeorge Anson, Baron Anson
23 April 1697, British
First Lord of the Admiralty

Johann Ludwig BurckhardtJohann Ludwig Burckhardt
24 November 1784, Swiss
Explorer, Writer, Art historian, Archaeologist

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778, Italian
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,
Charles Marie de La CondamineCharles Marie de La Condamine
28 January 1701, French
Explorer

Jules Dumont d'UrvilleJules Dumont d'Urville
23 May 1790, French
Explorer
Georg Wilhelm StellerGeorg Wilhelm Steller
10 March 1709, German
Botanist

George BassGeorge Bass
30 January 1771, Australian, British
Explorer, Surgeon

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de BienvilleJean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
23 February 1680, Canadian, French
Explorer
Mike FinkMike Fink
1770 AD, American
Frontiersman

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James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730, British
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist
Charles WilkesCharles Wilkes
03 April 1798, American
Naval Officer

Francis LightFrancis Light
1740 AD, British
Explorer

Peter Skene OgdenPeter Skene Ogden
12 February 1790, British
Explorer

John OxleyJohn Oxley
1784 AD, British
Explorer
Peter Simon PallasPeter Simon Pallas
22 September 1741, German
Explorer, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Scientist,
Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD, Canadian, French
Fur Trader

Herman of AlaskaHerman of Alaska
1750 AD, Russian
Monk

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792, British
Biographer

Sir George BackSir George Back
06 November 1796, British
Artist
Robert MoffatRobert Moffat
21 December 1795, Scottish
British missionary

Robert GrayRobert Gray
10 May 1755, American
Explorer

Engelbert KaempferEngelbert Kaempfer
16 September 1651, German
Naturalist

Samuel HearneSamuel Hearne
31 January 1745, British
Explorer

Benjamin BonnevilleBenjamin Bonneville
14 April 1796, French
Officer
John BartramJohn Bartram
23 March 1699, American
Botanist

Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794, British
Explorer
Antonio de UlloaAntonio de Ulloa
12 January 1716, Spanish
Astronomer, Explorer, Meteorologist

Adam Johann von KrusensternAdam Johann von Krusenstern
10 October 1770, Estonian
Explorer

Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du LhutDaniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut
1639 AD, French
Soldier
Georg ForsterGeorg Forster
27 November 1754, German, Polish
Naturalist

Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD, Canadian, British
Explorer
René CailliéRené Caillié
19 November 1799, French
Explorer

Christopher GistChristopher Gist
1706 AD, American
Explorer

Carsten NiebuhrCarsten Niebuhr
17 March 1733, German
Mathematician

Otto von KotzebueOtto von Kotzebue
30 December 1787, German, Estonian, Russian
Navigator

William ScoresbyWilliam Scoresby
05 October 1789, British
Explorer
Hamilton HumeHamilton Hume
19 June 1797, Australian
Explorer

Theodore of CorsicaTheodore of Corsica
25 August 1694, German
King of Corsica

John LedyardJohn Ledyard
31 October 1751, American
Explorer

John RichardsonJohn Richardson
05 November 1787, British, Scottish
Surgeon and Explorer
Manuel LisaManuel Lisa
08 September 1772, Spanish, American
Explorer

Hugh ClappertonHugh Clapperton
18 May 1788, Scottish
Naval Officer
Francis Rawdon ChesneyFrancis Rawdon Chesney
16 March 1789, British, Northern Irish
Explorer

Jonathan CarverJonathan Carver
13 April 1710, American
Explorer

James WeddellJames Weddell
24 August 1787, British
Navigator
Karl Friedrich Philipp von MartiusKarl Friedrich Philipp von Martius
17 April 1794, German
Botanist

Nathaniel PalmerNathaniel Palmer
08 August 1799, American
Hunter
André MichauxAndré Michaux
08 March 1746, French
Botanist

Prince Maximilian of Wied-NeuwiedPrince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied
23 September 1782, German
Explorer

Edward BransfieldEdward Bransfield
1785 AD, Irish
Explorer
Louis Juchereau de Saint-DenisLouis Juchereau de Saint-Denis
17 September 1676, French
Explorer

Barthélemy-Prosper EnfantinBarthélemy-Prosper Enfantin
08 February 1796, French
Social Reformer
Tobias FurneauxTobias Furneaux
21 August 1735, British
Navigator

Eduard RüppellEduard Rüppell
20 November 1794, German
Naturalist

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

Louis de FreycinetLouis de Freycinet
07 August 1779, French
Navigator
Edward SabineEdward Sabine
14 October 1788, Irish
Astronomer
Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD, French
Traveler

Silvestre Vélez de EscalanteSilvestre Vélez de Escalante
1750 AD, Spanish
Spanish explorer

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

Manuel QuimperManuel Quimper
1757 AD, Peruvian
Explorer
Aleksei ChirikovAleksei Chirikov
24 December 1703, Russian
Navigator

Basil HallBasil Hall
31 December 1788, British, Scottish
Naval officer

John BeecroftJohn Beecroft
1790 AD, British
Explorer

George William EvansGeorge William Evans
05 January 1780, British
Explorer

Isabel Godin des OdonaisIsabel Godin des Odonais
16 January 1728, Ecuadorian
Journeyer
Dixon DenhamDixon Denham
01 January 1786, British
Soldier

Friedrich Benjamin von LütkeFriedrich Benjamin von Lütke
28 September 1797, Russian
Navigator
Julius KlaprothJulius Klaproth
11 October 1783, German
Linguist

Eggert ÓlafssonEggert Ólafsson
01 December 1726, Icelander
Explorer
James Hingston TuckeyJames Hingston Tuckey
31 July 1776, Irish
Explorer
William George BrowneWilliam George Browne
25 July 1768, British
Traveler