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Famous Explorers

Based on the descriptions, how many of these explorers can you name?
Quiz by CBTemple
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First submittedAugust 16, 2012
Last updatedAugust 16, 2012
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Discovered the New World; Greenland
Norse
Erik the Red
Credited with discovering America
Italian
Christopher Columbus
First to circumnavigate the globe
Portuguese
Ferdinand Magellan
Sent to explore the Louisiana Purchase
American
Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
1st European to cross the Mississippi
Spanish
Hernando DeSoto
Sought the fountain of youth in Florida
Spanish
Juan Ponce de León
First man in space
Russian
Yuri Gagarin
Known for his underwater explorations
French
Jacques Cousteau
1st to the South & North Poles, NW Passage
Norwegian
Roald Amundsen
First to explore the moon
American
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin
"Discovered" the Pacific Ocean in Panama
Portuguese
Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Found and explored the wreck of Titanic
American
Robert Ballard
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Nationality
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Explorer of Mexico; conquered the Aztecs
Spanish
Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro
English explorer of the U.S. coastline
English
Sir Francis Drake
Viking explorer of Newfoundland
Norse
Leif Eriksson
Found a sea route from Europe to India
Spanish
Vasco da Gama
European discoverer of Niagara Falls
French
Louis Hennepin
Explorer and first atop Mt. Everest
British/Sherpa
Sir Edmund Hillary; Tenzing Norgay
Explored the NW Passage; Hudson Bay
English
Henry Hudson
French explorers of the Mississippi River
French, Canadian
Jacques Marquette; Louis Joliet
Missionary who explored east/south Africa
English
David Livingstone
Explored much of Asia and China
Italian
Marco Polo
Explored S. America; conquered the Incas
Spanish
Francisco Pizarro
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level 76
Jun 26, 2015
Great quiz. But no Captain Cook?
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level 45
Apr 12, 2018
Nuñez de Balboa was Spanish, not Portuguese. Vasco da gama was Portuguese, not Spanish Magellan did not complete the first circumnavigation of the world, unfortunatelly he was killed by Philippino aborigins. Juan Sebastian Elcano, Spanish, did complete it.
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level 66
Oct 9, 2018
Good quiz, thanks. Livingstone wasn't English. He was British but from Scotland.