List of famous explorers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Throughout the history of mankind, there have been several adventurous souls who set out to explore the unknown. Spirited and courageous, they risked their lives on their expeditions to seek out lands hitherto unknown to the civilized world. When we talk of explorers, Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, would undoubtedly be one of the first names that come to our mind— after all as one of the pioneers of the ‘Age of Exploration’, he was the commander of one of the sailing ships that ventured into India from Europe. Venice native Marco Polo was another legendary explorer who set out to explore Asia and became the first European to meet the Mogul emperor Kublai Khan. While Christopher Columbus was the one to discover America by sailing through the Atlantic Ocean, it was Jacques Cartier, one of the earliest French explorers, who explored the region of Northern America to discover what is now Canada, and claimed the area for France. When US Army volunteers Second Lieutenant William Clark and Captain Meriwether Lewis led the Corps of Discovery Expedition in 1804, it was a woman explorer, Native American Sacagawea, who guided them on this expedition. Scroll down to discover many interesting facts about the famous explorers from all over the world.

David TennantDavid Tennant
(British)

Scott FischerScott Fischer
(American)
Jon KrakauerJon Krakauer
(American)

John RolfeJohn Rolfe

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
(French)

George MalloryGeorge Mallory
(British)
Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
(French)

Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de VacaÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
(Spanish)

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
(French)

Reinhold MessnerReinhold Messner
(Italian)

Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral
Ranulph FiennesRanulph Fiennes
(British)

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo
(Portuguese)
Colin BakerColin Baker
(British)

Lawrence OatesLawrence Oates
(British)

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(Finnish,Polish)

Juan de OñateJuan de Oñate
Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
(American)

George EverestGeorge Everest
(British)
Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson
(Australian)

Peter FreuchenPeter Freuchen
(Danish)

Conrad AnkerConrad Anker
(American)

Jordan RomeroJordan Romero
(American)
Alexander MackenzieAlexander Mackenzie
(British)

Richard TrevithickRichard Trevithick
(British)
Fridtjof NansenFridtjof Nansen
(Norwegian)

Junko TabeiJunko Tabei
(Japanese)

Zebulon PikeZebulon Pike
(American)

Matteo RicciMatteo Ricci
(Italian)
George VancouverGeorge Vancouver
(British)

Ben FogleBen Fogle
(British)
Josh GatesJosh Gates
(American)

Laura DekkerLaura Dekker
(German,New Zealander)

Ellen MacArthurEllen MacArthur
(British)

Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher
(British)
Louis JollietLouis Jolliet

Alonso Álvarez de PinedaAlonso Álvarez de Pineda
(Spanish)
Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu

William John McGeeWilliam John McGee
(American)

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