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Famous Explorers Quiz

Can you name these famous explorers?
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Last updated: September 2, 2015
First submittedJuly 13, 2012
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Nationality
Explorer
"Discovered" the New World
Genoan
Christopher Columbus
Credited for first circumnavigation of the Earth, but he died along the way
Portuguese
Ferdinand Magellan
European discovery of Hawaii and eastern Australia
English
James Cook
First person to walk on the Moon
American
Neil Armstrong
Established settlement of Vinland, in modern day Canada
Norse
Leif Ericson
Privateer, and leader of the world's 2nd circumnavigation
English
Francis Drake
Traveled through China and met Kublai Khan
Venetian
Marco Polo
Colonized Virginia and searched for the mythical "City of Gold"
English
Walter Raleigh
Explored the area around modern-day New York City,
while looking for the Northwest Passage
English
Henry Hudson
Conquered the Incas
Spanish
Francisco Pizarro
First sea voyage from Europe to India
Portuguese
Vasco de Gama
Conquered the Aztecs
Spanish
Hernán Cortés
European discovery of Canada
Italian
John Cabot
First European to cross the isthmus of Panama
Spanish
Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Explored the Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia
English
George Vancouver
Surveyed the Louisiana Purchase
American
Meriwether Lewis
William Clark
Led the first expedition to the South Pole
Norwegian
Roald Amundsen
Explored the deep sea and helped develop the Aqua-Lung
French
Jacques Cousteau
Explored the interior of Africa and was found by Stanley
Scottish
David Livingstone
Co-first climber to reach the top of Everest
New Zealand
Edmund Hillary
Co-first climber to reach the top of Everest
Nepalese
Tenzing Norgay
Led the first European expedition to Florida, said to be
looking for the Fountain of Youth
Spanish
Juan Ponce de León
First European to reach Tasmania and New Zealand
Dutch
Abel Tasman
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level 44
Sep 8, 2012
Idiot, I kept trying to type Van Diemmen a bunch of different ways and that wasn't even the answer. Will pay closer attention to Tasmania next time
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level 33
Sep 22, 2012
I have to say, One Piece helped me out a lot here!
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level 43
Oct 5, 2012
This quiz is just like mine. TRAMPOSO
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level ∞
Oct 5, 2012
I wrote this quiz months ago, FYI. Great minds think alike, I guess.
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level 13
Apr 28, 2013
Very beautiful and inspiring...one could add Thor Heyerdhal and Amerigo Vespucci.
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level 25
May 15, 2013
I kept spelling Vasco De Gama incorrectly. Started with Da Garma :S
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level 51
Aug 5, 2013
Missed 4. Great quiz. Should have gotten Balboa and Hillary. Wouldn't have remembered Tasman and never heard of Norgay...
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level 80
Nov 14, 2016
Hillary and Norgay are a pair, summited Everest together and never revealed (nor seemed to care) which one of them was 'first'. I'm a little surprised that people would know one and not the other.
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level 62
Mar 13, 2019
Most evidence suggests that Hillary did summit first, and some websites reference an interview in which he said so. However, you are certainly correct in that no one should know one and not the other.
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level 73
Oct 11, 2019
Hilary will obviously be foremost in the history books. It was his trip. Not to knock Norgay's abilities, but he never would've done that if he hadn't been paid to go.
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level 55
Oct 14, 2019
But Tenzing would probably been ABLE to do it without Hillary, if he had had a reason. Hillary couldn't have reached even close without Tenzing or someone else like him.
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level 28
Feb 4, 2014
Great quiz. Please do more! :)
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level 41
Apr 27, 2014
Missed Leif Ericsson because of the spelling. My understanding is the double-s is accepted if not correct. Great quiz :)
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level 44
Jun 2, 2014
You should also accept Magalhaes (Magellans name in his native language, portuguese).
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level 13
Mar 18, 2015
Shout out to my boi Captain James Cook
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level 73
Oct 11, 2019
Shoot me.
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level 47
Mar 18, 2015
You should have Juan Sebastian Elcano, the second in command of Magellan and who took the leadership of the expedition after the portuguese died in Indonesia (or Philippines?), so was the first guy who really did the circumnavegation of Earth.
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level 37
Mar 18, 2015
I have to agree here. If you died halfway trough, you didn't circumnavigate anything.
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level 61
Mar 18, 2015
Agree with this.
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level 76
Mar 18, 2015
Some think Majellan's slave Enrique was possibly the first, although he did it in stages and there is no proof that after Majellan's death Enrique actually made it the few hundred miles back to his home from which he was taken.
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level 67
Oct 9, 2018
I understood that it was the cook who had previously travelled East who actually completed it first. But I agree with quizmaster that Magellan should get the credit. Great quiz. Forgot Ponce de Leon but got the rest.
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level 45
Mar 18, 2015
eriksson should be allowed
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level 65
Mar 24, 2015
I'd say that even Eiriksson should be allowed, as this is probably the closest to the original spelling
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level 73
Oct 11, 2019
It should be allowed for first European to discover Canada. It was no big secret the Vikings had been there.
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level 61
Mar 18, 2015
Can you accept Magallanes for Magellan?
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level 62
Mar 18, 2015
Every single street in my neighborhood is named after an explorer, so that's what helped me a lot on this quiz.
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level 62
Mar 13, 2019
You must live in an interesting neighborhood.
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level 68
Mar 18, 2015
WAY too Anglo-centric.
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level 45
Apr 22, 2015
As opposed to the majority of the quizzes on here which are WAY too American, you mean...?
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level 76
Jan 27, 2016
We had a lot of explorers. Probably why we conquered quite a chunk of the world.
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level 53
Mar 18, 2015
Vespucci and Cecil Rhodes really need to be on this quiz
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level 46
Mar 20, 2015
I agree on Vespucci. Both Americas were named upon this guy.
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level 67
Oct 9, 2018
The least said about Cecil Rhodes, the better.
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level 73
Oct 11, 2019
Have you seen the company he'd be keeping on this list? Strange to single him out.
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level 76
Mar 18, 2015
I was taught in school that John Cabot was an English explorer. There is controversy over whether he was born in England or Italy. His family moved to Venice and it was said he later became a citizen there, so I suppose that gives him Italian nationality, but he later moved to England and sailed to the New World under the sponsorship of England's King Henry VII which I assume is why he was listed as an English explorer in our textbooks. I missed the answer because I couldn't think of an Italian explorer who discovered Canada.
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level 68
Mar 19, 2015
New Zealand is not a nationality...
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level 48
Mar 21, 2015
Well you learn something new every day, I always assumed Cabot was from Bristol, (half the buildings in the city centre seem to be named after him). Apparently not.
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level 62
Dec 11, 2015
All of the streets in my neighborhood are named after explorers, so that may have been a small help.
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level 69
Aug 29, 2016
Ernest Shackleton and Zheng He would enrich this quiz, I feel.
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level 75
Nov 3, 2017
Please re-word the Cabot clue. Last I checked Vikings came from Europe.
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level 46
Mar 15, 2018
missed drake lol
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level 38
Apr 13, 2018
Alonso de Ojeda and his crew were the first to "discover" Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Isla Margarita and Venezuela (and probably a few other places that they didn't get credit for) .
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level 55
Jun 25, 2018
I think Conbo (Ligurian) and Colombo (Italian) should be accepted for Columbus since he was Ligurian.
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level 79
Nov 7, 2018
TIL John Cabot was Italian.
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level 63
Aug 16, 2019
Kind of sad that I only knew Ponce de Leon because I watched too many Pirates of the Caribbean-movies...
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level 55
Oct 14, 2019
I don't quite understand having Pizarro and Cortes here. Although most of the explorers of their time were more eager to conquer than to survey, these two were not explorers at all but but conquerors and treasure hunters.
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level 55
Oct 22, 2019
I totally forgot John Cabot was Italian! I also agree that Pizarro and Cortes should not be included here.
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level 43
Nov 12, 2019
If you make a part 2 you could include dutch explorer Jan van Riebeeck, the first European to explore Cape Good Hope.
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level 63
Nov 16, 2019
I don't know if in english it works the same way, but in italian a person from Genoa is called 'genovese' (in english: genoese), a genoano (genoan) is a Genoa football team supporter.