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)

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
(French)
George MalloryGeorge Mallory
(British)
Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
(French)

Josh GatesJosh Gates
(American)
Jon KrakauerJon Krakauer
(American)
John RolfeJohn Rolfe

Reinhold MessnerReinhold Messner
(Italian)
Scott FischerScott Fischer
(American)
Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
(American)

Ben FogleBen Fogle
(British)
Colin BakerColin Baker
(British)
Ranulph FiennesRanulph Fiennes
(British)

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(Finnish,Polish)
Peter FreuchenPeter Freuchen
(Danish)
Conrad AnkerConrad Anker
(American)

Fridtjof NansenFridtjof Nansen
(Norwegian)
Auguste PiccardAuguste Piccard
(Swiss)
Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson
(Australian)

Ellen MacArthurEllen MacArthur
(British)
Lawrence OatesLawrence Oates
(British)
Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau
(French)

Jordan RomeroJordan Romero
(American)
George VancouverGeorge Vancouver
(British)
Zebulon PikeZebulon Pike
(American)

Richard TrevithickRichard Trevithick
(British)
Matteo RicciMatteo Ricci
(Italian)
Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher
(British)

Junko TabeiJunko Tabei
(Japanese)
Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
George EverestGeorge Everest
(British)

Frederick Russell BurnhamFrederick Russell Burnham
(American)
Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
Jessica WatsonJessica Watson
(Australian,New Zealander)

Laura DekkerLaura Dekker
(German,New Zealander)
Wanda RutkiewiczWanda Rutkiewicz
(Polish)
Floyd CollinsFloyd Collins
(American)

Jean-Michel CousteauJean-Michel Cousteau
(French)
Mike HornMike Horn
(Swiss,South African)
Robin Knox-JohnstonRobin Knox-Johnston
(British)

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