Famous American Explorers

Had it not been for Christopher Columbus would America exist today, leave alone be the address of several renowned explorers and discoverers? Vasco da Gama, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Chaplain are some of the legendary explorers that the world takes pride in. It is to these noble souls that we owe the world today. For what would the world be without their indomitable attitude, never-say-die spirit and outrageously daring spirit? Explorers helped expand the border of the world by conquering new lands. What’s more, they added new cultures, traditions and heritage thus expanding the cultural legacy of the world. Through their voyages, they discovered the unknown. While it may look all fancy and extravagant, explorers go through a lot, while some survive the harsh conditions some give their life to it. Just like every other country in the world, America too has had pioneering explorers who expanded the horizon and undertook many expeditions. Some of them include Kit Carson, Robert Edwin Peary, John Wesley Powell, Meriwether Lewis, Daniel Boone and Sacagawea. Learn in details about the life and explorations of American explorers.

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 1 Chris McCandless

Christopher Johnson McCandless
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Famous As: American adventurer
Birthdate: February 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 18, 1992

 2 Scott Fischer

Scott Fischer
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Famous As: Explorer, Rock climber
Birthdate: December 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 11, 1996
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 3 Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer
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Famous As: Journalist, Explorer, Writer
Birthdate: April 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 4 Jim Bridger

Jim Bridger
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: March 17, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1881

 5 Josh Gates

Josh Gates
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Famous As: Explorer, Photographer
Birthdate: August 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 6 Kit Carson

Kit Carson
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Famous As: Explorer & Soldier
Birthdate: December 24, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 1868

 7 Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis
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Famous As: Explorer, Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1774
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 11, 1809
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 8 Richard E. Byrd

Richard E. Byrd
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Famous As: Naval officer
Birthdate: October 25, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 11, 1957

 9 John C. Frémont

John C. Frémont
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Famous As: Former Governor of California
Birthdate: January 21, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 13, 1890

 10 Michael Rockefeller

Michael Rockefeller
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: May 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: November 19, 1961

 11 Steve Fossett

Steve Fossett
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 3, 2007

 12 Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer
Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 13 William Clark

William Clark
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: August 1, 1770
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 1838

 14 Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson
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Famous As: First African-American to explore the North Pole
Birthdate: August 8, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 9, 1955

 15 Jordan Romero

Jordan Romero
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer, Mountaineer
Birthdate: July 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 16 Robert Peary

Robert Peary
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: May 6, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 1920

 17 Zebulon Pike

Zebulon Pike
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Famous As: Explorer, Military personnel
Birthdate: January 5, 1779
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 1813

 18 Floyd Collins

Floyd Collins
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: July 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 13, 1925

 19 John Wesley Powell

John Wesely Powell
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Famous As: Explorer, Geologist
Birthdate: March 24, 1834
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 23, 1902

 20 John Colter

John Colter
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Famous As: Military Person
Birthdate: 1774 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 22, 1813

 21 Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
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Famous As: Environmental Advocate
Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 22 Matthew Fontaine Maury

Matthew Fontaine Maury
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 1, 1873

 23 Frederick Russell Burnham

Frederick Russell Burnham
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer
Birthdate: May 11, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 1947

 24 Jim Beckwourth

Jim Beckwourth
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 6, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1866

 25 Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran
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Famous As: Explorer, Painter
Birthdate: February 12, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 25, 1926

 26 Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 27 Frederick Cook

Frederick Cook
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: June 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 5, 1940

 28 Roy Chapman Andrews

Roy Chapman Andrews
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: January 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 11, 1960

 29 William Henry Jackson

William Henry Jackson
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Famous As: Painter, Photographer, Explorer, Artist, Mountaineer
Birthdate: April 4, 1843
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: June 30, 1942

 30 Charles Wilkes

Charles Wilkes
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Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: April 3, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: February 8, 1877

 31 Mike Fink

Mike Fink
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Famous As: Frontiersman
Birthdate: 1770 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1823 AD

 32 William Beebe

William Beebe
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: July 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 4, 1962

 33 Adolphus Greely

Adolphus Greely
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Famous As: Army Officer
Birthdate: March 27, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 1935

 34 Osa Johnson

Osa Johnson
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 14, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 7, 1953

 35 Robert Gray

Robert Gray
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: May 10, 1755
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 30, 1806

 36 Clarence King

Clarence King
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Famous As: Clarence Rivers King
Birthdate: January 6, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 24, 1901

 37 David Fairchild

David Fairchild
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: April 7, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 6, 1954

 38 John Bartram

John Bartram
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: March 23, 1699
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 1777

 39 Paul Sereno

Paul Sereno
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: October 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Lincoln Ellsworth

Lincoln Ellsworth
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: May 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 26, 1951

 41 Charles Francis Hall

Charles Francis Hall
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1821 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 8, 1871

 42 George W. De Long

George W. De Long
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: August 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 31, 1881

 43 Christopher Gist

Christopher Gist
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1706 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1759 AD

 44 Frank Piasecki

Frank Piasecki
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 2008

 45 Bradford Washburn

Bradford Washburn
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: June 7, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 2007

 46 John Bozeman

John Bozeman
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: December 31, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 20, 1867

 47 Nathaniel Palmer

Nathaniel Palmer
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Famous As: Hunter
Birthdate: August 8, 1799
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 21, 1877

 48 John Ledyard

John Ledyard
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 31, 1751
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 1789

 49 Jonathan Carver

Jonathan Carver
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 13, 1710
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 31, 1780

 50 Carl Ben Eielson

Carl Ben Eielson
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: July 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 9, 1929