Facts about Early Explorers
Ancient Chinese and their Explorations Polynesians
PBS: Ancient Chinese Explorers (with video) Polynesian Navigators
List of Early Chinese Explorers - from Wikipedia PBS: Polynesian History and Origin
Early Egyptians and their Explorations Portuguese and their Explorations
Egyptian Explorers Age of Exploration: Portuguese Explorers
Egyptian Explorations Age of Exploration: Portuguese Ships
Ancient Greeks and their Explorations The Vikings and their Explorations
Wikipedia: Famous Greek Explorers Age of Exploration: Viking Discoveries
Ancient Explorers: Pytheas the Greek Ancient History: The Vikings
How Stuff Works: Who Were The Vikings
The Norwegians and their Explorations How Stuff Works: How the Vikings Worked
Wikipedia: Norwegian Explorers

History.com: Who Were the Vikings Video

Norwegian Explorers PBS: The Vikings
The Phoenicians and their Explorations
National Geographic: Who Were the Phoenicians


Biographies of Famous Explorers and their Explorations
Admiral Richard Byrd
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Biography Richard E. Byrd - from Wikipedia
Antarctic Explorers Antarctica History - Exploration Time Line
Antarctic Explorers Antarctica Explorers on the Web
Balboa Enchanted Learning: Balboa
Vasco Núñez de Balboa Antarctica Explorers on the Web
Vasco Núñez de Balboa - historical information Wikipedia: Vasco Núñez de Balboa 1475 - 1519
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Learning From Cabeza De Vaca
PBS: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Cabeza de Vaca Journeys Across North America
Enchanted Learning: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - from Wikipedia
John Cabot John Cabot, Explorer
John and Sebastian Cabot The History and the Mystery of John Cabot and the Cabot Rock
Enchanted Learning: John Cabot John Cabot - from Wikipedia
Sebastian Cabot Sebastian Cabot, Explorer
Age of Exploration: John and Sebastian Cabot Sebastian Cabot - Historical Information
Enchanted Learning: Sebastian Cabot Sebastian Cabot - from Wikipedia
Pedro Álvares Cabral
Pedro Álvares Cabral Historical Text Archive: Pedro Álvares Cabral
Enchanted Learning: Pedro Álvares Cabral Pedro Álvares Cabral - Portuguese Navigator
Jacques Cartier Jacques Cartier
Jacques Cartier - Historical Background Jacques Cartier - from Wikipedia
William Clark
The Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark - from Wikipedia
PBS Online: Lewis Clark Enchanted Learning: Lewis and Clark
Christopher Columbus Medieval History: Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus History.com: Christopher Columbus Videos
Enchanted Learning: Christopher Columbus How Stuff Works: Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus Ships: Interesting Facts 10 Christopher Columbus Facts You May Have Never Known
Captain James Cook Captain James Cook - World's Explorer
Captain James Cook Biography First Voyage of James Cook - from Wikipedia
History.com: Captain Cook Killed in Hawaii Captain James Cook - from Wikipedia
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Enchanted Learning: Coronado
PBS: Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Francisco Vázquez de Coronado
Hernando Cortés Wikipedia: Hernando Cortés and the Conquest of the Aztecs
Hernando Cortés Hernando Cortés
Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama Vasco da Gama from Wikipedia
Vasco da Gama Facts Enchanted Learning: Vasco da Gama
Samuel de Champlain
Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635) Samuel de Champlain from Wikipedia
Samuel de Champlain Facts Enchanted Learning: Samuel de Champlain
René-Robert de La Salle Enchanted Learning: René-Robert de La Salle
René-Robert de La Salle René-Robert de La Salle - from Wikipedia
Bartolomé de las Casas Bartolomé de las Casas
Bartolomé de las Casas Wikipedia: Bartolomé de las Casas
Hernando De Soto Hernando de Soto Biography
Hernando De Soto Hernando de Soto - from Wikipedia
Bartolomeu Dias Bartholomeu Dias
Bartolomeu Dias Bartolomeu Dias - from Wikipedia
Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage
Age of Exploration: Francis Drake Francis Drake - from Wikipedia
Erik the Red Erik the Red - Short Biography
Enchanted Learning: Eric the Red Erik the Red - from Wikipedia
Martin Frobisher Enchanted Learning: Martin Frobisher
PBS: Martin Frobisher Martin Frobisher - from Wikipedia
Leif Ericsson Leif Ericsson - Historical Background
Leif Ericsson - Historical Facts Leif Ericsson - from Wikipedia
Henry Hudson Age of Exploration - Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson - Historical Facts Enchanted Learning: Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson Biography Henry Hudson - from Wikipedia
Henry the Navigator Prince Henry the Navigator
Enchanted Learning: Henry the Navigator Henry the Navigator - from Wikipedia
Louis Jolliet How Stuff Works: Louis Jolliet
Louis Jolliet Louis Jolliet Facts
Meriwether Lewis Meriwether lewis Biography
PBS: Meriwether Lewis Meriwether Lewis - from Wikipedia
David Livingstone How Stuff Works: David Livingstone
David Livingstone - Scottish Missionary David Livingstone - from Wikipedia
Ferdinand Magellan Surprising Facts About Magellan's Circumnavigation of the Globe
Enchanted Learning: Magellan Magellan's Place in History
Magellan Facts Ferdinand Magellan
Marco Polo Marco Polo, The Explorer
Enchanted Learning: Marco Polo History of Marco Polo
Historic Figures: Marco Polo Marco Polo Historical Facts
Jacques Marquette Jacques Marquette
Jacques Marquette Facts U.S. History: Jacques Marquette
Francisco Pizarro
Enchanted Learning: Pizarro Francisco Pizzaro - from Wikipedia
Francisco Pizarro Francisco Pizarro Facts
Juan Ponce de León Enchanted Learning: Juan Ponce de León
Juan Ponce de León Juan Ponce de León - from Wikipedia
Sir Walter Raleigh Notable Biographies: Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) Walter Raleigh - from Wikipedia
Captain John Smith Enchanted Learning: John Smith
Captain John Smith John Smith of Jamestown - from Wikipedia
U.S. History: John Smith Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages
Amerigo Vespucci Amerigo Vespucci Facts
Amerigo Vespucci Amerigo Vespucci - from Wikipedia


Modern Day Explorers and Their Explorations

Explorers-in-Residence from National Geographic: Highlights some of the world of today's prominent explorers and scientists.


Space Explorers and their Explorations

Famous Space Explorers: Quick facts, photos, and information about their space exploration


Sites with Information about Famous Explorers and their Explorations

National Geographic: Explorers A-Z: Explorers are listed in alphabetical order with a links to websites with facts about each explorer

Explorers-EnchantedLearning.com: Brief biographical information on famous explorers; Search alphabetically or by date or continent

PBS: The Conquistadors (Cortes, Pizarro, Orellana, Cabeza de Vaca): Historical facts, timeline

Wikipedia: Canadian Explorers: Alphabetical listing of Canadian explorers with links to biographies

Early Explorers and their Explorations

America's Journeys: American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD 1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later. Read the words of explorers, Indians, missionaries, traders and settlers as they lived through the founding moments of American history. View, search, print, or download more than 150 rare books, original manuscripts, and classic travel narratives from the library and archives of the Wisconsin

Conquest of America:This Site describes the 15 year Conquest of Native America. The story of the arrival of the first explorers to America; links to each explorer with biographical information; links within articles for further historical information

Exploration of the Northwest Passage - from Wikipedia: Complete historical information about these historical expeditions: Strait of Anián, Northern Atlantic, Northern Pacific, Cook and Vancouver, 19th century, Franklin expedition, McClure expedition, John Rae, Amundsen expedition, and later expeditions

Exploration and the Spice Trade - from Wikipedia: Background, Middle ages, The New World, Trade under colonialism, Cultural exchanges, Recent Trends

Explorers by Sea: Early Navigation Methods: Historical Background with pictures of how the early explorers navigated

Spanish Exploration and Conquest of Native America: Complete Historical background with photos


Maps about Famous Explorations

Discovery and Exploration Maps from the Library of Congress:Documents the discovery and exploration of the Americas with both manuscripts and published maps. Many of these maps reflect the European Age of Discoveries, dating from the late 15th century to the 17th century when Europeans were concerned primarily with determining the outline of the continents as they explored and mapped the coastal areas and the major waterways. Also included are 18th and 19th century maps documenting the exploration and mapping of the interior parts of the continents, reflecting the work of Lewis and Clark and subsequent government explorers and surveyors. SEARCHABLE by Keyword or Creator Index, Geographic Location Index, or Title Index



Interesting Facts about Famous Explorers and Their Discoveries

Interesting Facts about the Famous Explorers and Their Discoveries

*Early explorers explored the world for many reasons: Some of the reasons were: to learn more about the world, to find gold and silver, to find new trade routes, and often to expand their empire.

*Portuguese Explorers were the first Europeans to explore the world in the fifteenth century, and the first to sail around the tip of Africa.

*The Vikings were a vicious group of warriors who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe and the North Atlantic islands from the late 790 A.D. to the 1100 A.D.

Between the years 1519-1522 Magellan became the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe, sailing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

*The French began exploring to expand their fur trade.

*Spanish explorers wanted to gain a larger empire, wealth, and spread Christianity.

Space Exploration Trivia

*The world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was launched by the Russians on October 4, 1957.

Before manned space flight could take place, Albert II, a Rhesus Monkey, was sent into space to determine if man could survive space flights.

*Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, was known as the "First Man in Space". His flight took place in April of 1961.

Alan Shepard was the first American astronaut in space. His flight took place on May 5, 1961.



American History Calendar

American History Calendar: A calendar site showing American history in a unique way: through a user-friendly web calendar. Birthdays of important people in American history and important events in American history can be viewed; interactive - browse through it and display details on a specific person or event. A printer friendly version of the calendar is also available.


American History Museum

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Search Engine: Discover history through objects, photographs, interactive timelines: Complete archived collections - excellent!


The History Channel

The History Channel: Each month the History Channel takes new explorations into the past and puts them on display for you, utilizing state-of-the-art interactive technology; listen to speeches drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the Twentieth Century. The History Channel Time Machine brings you to a different speech every day; trivia quiz; fact of the day; games.


U.S. History Images

U.S. History Images: What better way to learn about and appreciate the history of the United States than through viewing the illustrations of artists from the last century and a half! The images are all in the public domain and are free for anyone to use in any way after viewing the Terms of Use. This website is a work in progress and new images are always being added. Present topics for images include: Life in the Colonies, Colonial Patriots, Native Americans, Native American Culture, The Age of Exploration, and Explorers


Educational American History Powerpoints

Educational American History Videos

Reference Sites to Help in Your Research

American Memory Learning Page of the Library of Congress: Historical collections of photographs, documents, motion pictures, and sound recordings about American culture and history - SEARCHABLE by keyword

Biographies of Famous People Both Past and Present: - SEARCHABLE by keyword

The Biographic Dictionary: Covers more than 33,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day- SEARCHABLE by keyword

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources from A to Z

Information Please: On-Line Dictionary; Encyclopedia; Almanac, and MORE

Who2: Find famous people biographies fast! This site also lists links to more information about each person. - SEARCHABLE by keyword



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