Find out more about the greatest French Explorers, including Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Jacques Cousteau, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and Jacques Marquette.
Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
11 June 1910
French Explorer
Jacques CartierJacques Cartier
31 December 1491
Explorer

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
13 August 1574
Explorer

Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau
30 December 1940
Explorer

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
21 November 1643
Explorer
Jean-Michel CousteauJean-Michel Cousteau
06 May 1938
Explorer

Alexandra David-NéelAlexandra David-Néel
24 October 1868
Explorer

Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer
Louis Antoine de BougainvilleLouis Antoine de Bougainville
12 November 1729
Explorer

Charles de FoucauldCharles de Foucauld
 
Bernard MoitessierBernard Moitessier
10 April 1925
Explorer, Writer

Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD
Fur Trader

Étienne BrûléÉtienne Brûlé
 

William of RubruckWilliam of Rubruck
1220 AD
Missionary,explorer

Pierre Savorgnan de BrazzaPierre Savorgnan de Brazza
26 January 1852
Explorer
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de BienvilleJean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
23 February 1680
Explorer

Jean RaspailJean Raspail
05 July 1925
Writer, Journalist, Explorer, Conspiracy theorist,

Jean NicoletJean Nicolet
1598 AD
Explorer

Maurice HerzogMaurice Herzog
15 January 1919
Politician, Explorer
Jean RibaultJean Ribault
1520 AD
explorer

Aimé BonplandAimé Bonpland
 
Charles Marie de La CondamineCharles Marie de La Condamine
28 January 1701
Explorer

Nicolas BaudinNicolas Baudin
17 February 1754
Explorer

Benjamin BonnevilleBenjamin Bonneville
14 April 1796
Officer
René CailliéRené Caillié
19 November 1799
Explorer

Jean ChardinJean Chardin
 
Pierre François Xavier de CharlevoixPierre François Xavier de Charlevoix
24 October 1682
Priest

Henri MouhotHenri Mouhot
15 May 1826
Naturalist

Jean-Baptiste CharcotJean-Baptiste Charcot
 
Paul PelliotPaul Pelliot
28 May 1878
Sinologist

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Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La PérouseJean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse
23 August 1741
Naval officer
André MichauxAndré Michaux
08 March 1746
Botanist

Francis GarnierFrancis Garnier
25 July 1839
Explorer

Jean-Baptiste MarchandJean-Baptiste Marchand
02 November 1863
Soldier and explorer

Louis de FreycinetLouis de Freycinet
07 August 1779
Navigator
Jeanne BaréJeanne Baré
 
Auguste PavieAuguste Pavie
31 May 1847
Explorer

Théodore MonodThéodore Monod
09 April 1902
Naturalist

Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD
Traveler

Claude-Jean AllouezClaude-Jean Allouez
06 June 1622
Missionary
Antoinette BourignonAntoinette Bourignon
13 January 1616
Mystic

Paul-Émile VictorPaul-Émile Victor
28 June 1907
Ethnologist

Jean DupuisJean Dupuis
07 December 1828
Explorer

Henri DuveyrierHenri Duveyrier
28 February 1840
Explorer

Joseph de JussieuJoseph de Jussieu
03 September 1704
Botanist
Gadifer de La SalleGadifer de La Salle
1340 AD
Adventurer

Louis Juchereau de Saint-DenisLouis Juchereau de Saint-Denis
17 September 1676
Explorer
Marie-Charles David de MayrenaMarie-Charles David de Mayrena
31 January 1842
Adventurer

Barthélemy-Prosper EnfantinBarthélemy-Prosper Enfantin
08 February 1796
Social Reformer

Pierre Le Moyne d'IbervillePierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
16 July 1661
Soldier