Notable Explorers and Adventurers Chronologically

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NameLifespanAlso Known As
Hanno the Navigator?-c. 440 BC
Pytheas380-310 BC
Zhang Qian195-113 BC
Xuanzangc. 602-664(Hsuan-tsang)
Ingólfur Arnarson?-8xx(Ingólfr)
Erik the Red950-1003(Eric)
Leif Ericsonc. 970-c. 1020
Giovanni da Pian del Carpine1182-1252(Joannes, John)
Marco Polo1254-1324
Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Battuta1304-1369
Zheng He1371-1435
Henry the Navigator1394-1460(Henrique)
Niccolò de' Conti1395-1469(Nicholas, Nicolò)
Giovanni Cabotoc. 1450-c. 1499(John)
Bartolomeu Dias1450-1500(Bartholomew)
Francisco de Almeida1450-1510
Cristoforo Columboc. 1451-1506(Christopher, Cristobal)
Afonso de Albuquerque1453-1515(Alfonso)
Amerigo Vespucci1454-1512
Pêro da Covilhãc. 1460-1526(Pedro, Peter)
Pedro Álvares Cabralc. 1467-c. 1520(Peter)
Vasco da Gamac. 1469-1524
Francisco Pizarroc. 1471-1541
Juan Ponce de León1474-1521(John)
Vasco Núñez de Balboac. 1475-1519
Juan Sebastián Elcano1476-1526(John)
Diego de Almagro1479-1538
Ferdinand Magellan1480-1521
Giovanni da Verrazzano1485-1528(John)
Hernán Cortés1485-1547(Ferdinand, Hernándo)
Antonio Pigafettac. 1491-c. 1531
Jacques Cartier1491-1557
Hernando de Sotoc. 1496-1542(Ferdinand)
Andrés de Urdaneta1498-1568(Andrew)
Ruy López de Villalobos1500-1544
Miguel López de Legazpi1502-1572(Michael)
Fernão Mendes Pinto1509-1583(Ferdinand)
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado1510-1554
Francisco de Orellana1511-1546
Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa1532-1592(Peter)
Yermak Timofeyevich1537-1585
Francis Drake1540-1596
Willem Barentsz1550-1597(William)
Walter Raleigh1552-1618
Pedro Fernandes de Queirós1565-1614(Peter)
Cornelis de Houtman1565-1599
Henry Hudsonc. 1570-1611
Willem Janszoon1570-1630(William)
Samuel de Champlain1574-1635
William Baffin1584-1622
Abel Tasman1603-1659
Semyon Dezhnyov1605-1673(Simon)
Evliya Çelebi1611-c. 1682(Mehmed)
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)
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(Teobert)
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza1852-1905(Peter, Pietro)
Robert Peary1856-1920
Fridtjof Nansen1861-1930
Aurel Stein1862-1943(Marc, Márk)
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(Henry)
Robert Bartlett1875-1946
Douglas Mawson1882-1958
George Mallory1886-1924
Richard E. Byrd1888-1957(Evelyn)
Amelia Earhart1897-1937
Bill Tilman1898-1977(William)
Charles Lindbergh1902-1974
Jacques Cousteau1910-1997(Yves)
Tenzing Norgay1914-1986
Thor Heyerdahl1914-2002
Edmund Hillary1919-2008
John Glenn1921-
Alan Shepard1923-1998
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin1930-(Buzz)
Neil Armstrong1930-2012
Yuriy Gagarin1934-1968(Yuri)
Aleksey Leonov1934-(Aleksei, Alexey)
Valentina Tereshkova1937-
Reinhold Messner1944-