Notable Explorers and Adventurers

This list is comprised of some of history's most recognizable explorers and adventurers.
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NameLifespanOther Names
Hendrick Christiaensen-c. 1616
Hanno the Navigator?-c. 440 BC
Pytheas380-310 BC
Zhang Qian195-113 BC
Xuanzangc. 602-664
Ingólfur Arnarson?-8xx
Erik the Red950-1003
Leif Ericsonc. 970-c. 1020
Giovanni da Pian del Carpine1182-1252
Marco Polo1254-1324
Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Battuta1304-1369
Zheng He1371-1435
Henry the Navigator1394-1460
Niccolò de' Conti1395-1469
Giovanni Cabotoc. 1450-c. 1499(Cabot)
Bartolomeu Dias1450-1500
Francisco de Almeida1450-1510
Cristoforo Columboc. 1451-1506(Columbus)
Afonso de Albuquerque1453-1515
Amerigo Vespucci1454-1512
Pêro da Covilhãc. 1460-1526
Pedro Álvares Cabralc. 1467-c. 1520
Vasco da Gamac. 1469-1524
Francisco Pizarroc. 1471-1541
Juan Ponce de León1474-1521
Vasco Núñez de Balboac. 1475-1519
Juan Sebastián Elcano1476-1526
Diego de Almagro1479-1538
Ferdinand Magellan1480-1521
Giovanni da Verrazzano1485-1528
Hernán Cortés1485-1547
Antonio Pigafettac. 1491-c. 1531
Jacques Cartier1491-1557
Hernando de Sotoc. 1496-1542
Andrés de Urdaneta1498-1568
Ruy López de Villalobos1500-1544
Miguel López de Legazpi1502-1572
Fernão Mendes Pinto1509-1583
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado1510-1554
Francisco de Orellana1511-1546
Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa1532-1592
Yermak Timofeyevich1537-1585
Francis Drake1540-1596
Willem Barentsz1550-1597(Barents)
Walter Raleigh1552-1618
Pedro Fernandes de Queirós1565-1614
Cornelis de Houtman1565-1599
Henry Hudsonc. 1570-1611
Willem Janszoon1570-1630
Samuel de Champlain1574-1635
William Baffin1584-1622
Abel Tasman1603-1659
Semyon Dezhnyov1605-1673(Dezhnev)
Evliya Çelebi1611-c. 1682(Zilli)
Louis Hennepin1626-1705
René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle1643-1687
Vitus Bering1681-1741
Ferdinand Konščak1703-1759
Ignacije Szentmartony1718-1793
James Cook1728-1779
Louis Antoine de Bougainville1729-1811
James Bruce1730-1794
Peter Pond1739-1807
Jean François de Galaup1741-1788
John Ledyard1751-1789
George Vancouver1757-1798
Alexander MacKenzie1764-1820
Alexander von Humboldt1769-1859
William Clark1770-1838
George Bass1771-1803
Mungo Park1771-1806
Matthew Flinders1774-1814
Meriwether Lewis1774-1809
Zebulon Pike1779-1813
John Oxley1784-1828
Davy Crockett1786-1836
John Franklin1786-1847
William Hovell1786-1875
Peter Skene Ogden1790-1854
William Edward Parry1790-1855
Thomas Mitchell1792-1855
Charles Sturt1795-1869
Hamilton Hume1797-1873
James Clark Ross1800-1862
John Lloyd Stephens1805-1852
David Livingstone1813-1873
William Herndon1813-1857
John McDouall Stuart1815-1866
Richard Francis Burton1821-1890
Samuel Baker1821-1893
James Augustus Grant1827-1892
John Hanning Speke1827-1864
Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld1832-1901
John Wesley Powell1834-1902
Henry Morton Stanley1841-1904
Teoberto Maler1842-1917
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza1852-1905
Robert Peary1856-1920
Fridtjof Nansen1861-1930
Aurel Stein1862-1943
Francis Younghusband1863-1942
William Grant Stairs1863-1892
Sven Hedin1865-1952
Cândido Rondon1865-1958
Frederick Cook1865-1940
Robert Falcon Scott1868-1912
Alexandra David-Néel1868-1969
Roald Amundsen1872-1928
Ernest Shackleton1874-1922
Robert Bartlett1875-1946
Douglas Mawson1882-1958
George Mallory1886-1924
Richard E. Byrd1888-1957
Amelia Earhart1897-1937
Bill Tilman1898-1977
Charles Lindbergh1902-1974
Jacques Cousteau1910-1997
Tenzing Norgay1914-1986
Thor Heyerdahl1914-2002
Edmund Hillary1919-2008
John Glenn1921-
Alan Shepard1923-1998
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin1930-
Neil Armstrong1930-2012
Yuriy Gagarin1934-1968
Aleksey Leonov1934-
Valentina Tereshkova1937-
Reinhold Messner1944-
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