Famous Explorers Quiz

Can you name these famous explorers?
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Last updated: June 4, 2020
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
First sea voyage from Europe to India
Portuguese
Vasco da Gama
Admiral who sailed a "treasure fleet" of over 300 ships from China
to Africa and Arabia
Chinese
Zheng He
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
American
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
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 32
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 58
Jun 14, 2020
He made his 8 years ago.
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Level 70
Jun 14, 2020
Yeah, and so did the Quizmaster. Check the date on the comment.
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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 60
Jun 14, 2020
Agreed. I was also thinking of Jacques Cartier, Ibn Batutta and Vitus Bering among others. It would certainly add a bit more diversity, rather than having mostly Anglo-Saxon explorers.
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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 74
Jun 15, 2020
Garma's a bitch.
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Level 53
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 83
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 81
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 67
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 65
Apr 28, 2020
If Tenzing Norgay had the ability to climb the highest mountain in the world but didn't, then does he deserve to be on a list of the greatest explorers? Not taking away from Norgay as much as I am making a case for Hillary.
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Level 50
Jun 5, 2020
Neither would have been able to do it without the help of rest of the team, and they were both very vocal about that.
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2020
I can understand being dismayed, but not surprised.
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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 58
Jun 2, 2014
You should also accept Magalhaes (Magellans name in his native language, portuguese).
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2020
No one gives a damn except weenies.
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Level 66
Jun 14, 2020
Ah, a typical american ignorant comment.
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Level 13
Mar 18, 2015
Shout out to my boi Captain James Cook
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Level 81
Oct 11, 2019
Shoot me.
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Level 48
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 65
Mar 18, 2015
Agree with this.
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Level 78
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 70
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 78
Jun 11, 2020
Wouldn't the guy closest to the bow as the ship pulled into port be considered the first one? :-P
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Level 49
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 81
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 65
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 69
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 77
Jan 27, 2016
We had a lot of explorers. Probably why we conquered quite a chunk of the world.
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Level 78
Jun 11, 2020
Boom!
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Level 65
Apr 28, 2020
By all means, provide some alternative questions. Or even better, make your own quiz. We'd all probably learn something.
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Level 60
Jun 14, 2020
I agree thecoolestdude2. There are many other important explorers of other nationalities. Why is Drake put up there for being the 2nd to circumnavigate the globe? Since when has 2nd been an accomplishment?
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2020
Right, like how Napoleon came 2nd at Waterloo.
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Level 60
Jun 14, 2020
Well played, although I don't think Napoleon is famous only because of his defeat at Waterloo.
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Level 66
Jun 14, 2020
The English worship Drake, even though he was essentially a pirate and a slave trader, not to say that his expeditions weren't important. That being said, a lot of them don't even know he wasn't the first one to circumnavigate the globe.
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Level 47
Jun 16, 2020
What do you mean we worship Drake? He's most famous here for defeating the Armada but I don't think anyone is even that fussed about that. I guess there might be a statue of him somewhere but I don't know where it is.
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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 70
Oct 9, 2018
The least said about Cecil Rhodes, the better.
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Level 81
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 69
Jun 4, 2020
maybe Jacques Cartier as well
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Level 70
Mar 19, 2015
New Zealand is not a nationality...
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Level ∞
Jun 4, 2020
You're not a nationality.
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Level 78
Jun 11, 2020
LOL! Nearly spit my drink out.
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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 58
Jun 14, 2020
You already said that before.
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2020
yea but that was early a year earlier. not like he said it twice the same instance.

I often forget I have taken a quiz before, once I take it I usually remember, but I definitely don't remember a lot of the times if I have left a comment or not. (But I do read the comments before I post one, usually. So I go like OW I already said the exact thing I wanted to say this time. Or wow I really didn't know that back then??)

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Level 72
Aug 29, 2016
Ernest Shackleton and Zheng He would enrich this quiz, I feel.
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Level ∞
Jun 4, 2020
Added Zheng He.
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Level 47
Mar 15, 2018
missed drake lol
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Level 37
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 56
Jun 25, 2018
I think Conbo (Ligurian) and Colombo (Italian) should be accepted for Columbus since he was Ligurian.
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Level 68
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 45
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 65
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.
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Level 73
Jun 4, 2020
Genoese seems to be preferred.
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Level 73
Jun 4, 2020
Very Anglo-centric, maybe consider adding explorers like Sacajawea and Ibn Battuta?
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Level 82
Jun 5, 2020
And Cabral.
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Level 50
Jun 5, 2020
Ibn Battuta was a fascinating character but not an explorer. He visited the further reaches of the known Islamic world.
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Level 73
Jun 5, 2020
I only mentioned Ibn Battuta because he came to mind when I saw Marco Polo on this quiz. I don't see why one can be on the quiz but not the other.
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Level 80
Jun 7, 2020
Once again... it's Jacques-Yves Cousteau, not just Jacques...
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2020
You should include Ibn Battuta
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Level 80
Jun 14, 2020
I was going to say this.
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Level 78
Jun 14, 2020
I know you can't include them all but I was surprised not to see Cortes, Pizarro, Bering, and De Soto.
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Level 70
Jun 14, 2020
Yep, definitely surprised not to see Cortez.
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Level 80
Jun 14, 2020
I was looking for Kirk, Picard, and Dora.
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2020
Nice quiz! What about a part 2 with Ingolfur Arnarson, Vitus Bering and Ibn Battuta?
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Level 57
Jun 14, 2020
Please accept Colombo.
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Level 50
Jun 15, 2020
What does Sri Lanka have to do with this?
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2020
I think he meant the cigar smoking inspector ;)

(yes that is with an U..)

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Level 31
Jun 14, 2020
It's Leif Erikson, not Leif Ericson!
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Level 80
Jun 14, 2020
Technically it's Leif, Eric's son
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Level 56
Jun 16, 2020
Why the strong focus on English explorers? Where is Afonso Albuquerque? Bartolomeu Dias? Pedro Álvares Cabral?
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Level 23
Jun 16, 2020
You should add info to Magellan, he died in Mactan, Philippines.
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2020
Spelling: Vasco da Gama
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Level ∞
Jun 18, 2020
Fixed