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Leif Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was an Icelandic explorer and probably the first European visitor to North America, 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

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3 Leif Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was an Icelandic explorer and probably the first European visitor to North America, 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Leif Erikson

4 Marco Polo ( ) was an Italian voyager and merchant who was one of the first Europeans to travel across Asia through China, visiting the Kublai Khan in Beijing. He left in 1271 (he was a teenager at the time) with his father (Nicolo Polo) and uncle (Maffeo Polo); they spent about 24 years traveling. Marco Polo Route to China

5 Zheng He ( ), or Cheng Ho, is arguably China's most famous navigator. Starting from the beginning of the 15th Century, he traveled to the West seven times. For 28 years, he traveled more than 50,000km and visited over 30 countries, including Singapore. Zheng He Voyages of He

6 Prince Henry (Henrique) the Navigator ( ) was a Portuguese royal prince, soldier, and patron of explorers. Henry sent many sailing expeditions down Africa's west coast, but did not go on them himself. Prince Henry the Navigator Routes

7 Francisco Pizarro ( ) was a Spanish conquistador who traveled through much of the Pacific coast of America along Peru. He "discovered" the Incan empire and conquered it brutally and quickly, stealing immense hoards of gold, silver, and other treasures. Francisco Pizarro

8 Jacques Cartier (December 31, 1491 – September 1, 1557), the French navigator, established his countrys claim to present-day Canada through his explorations of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River. Jacques Cartier

9 Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?-1618) was an English explorer and a great favorite at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. He travelled to distant lands in search of new territories and riches. He was also a writer whose works included poetry as well as a book about history and accounts of his voyages. Sir Walter Raleigh

10 Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral, (c – January 27, 1595) was an English privateer, navigator, slave trader, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake was knighted in 1581 by Queen Elizabeth I. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in Sir Francis Drake

11 Vitus Jonassen Bering ( ) was a Danish explorer and navigator who explored the seas off Alaska and northeastern Siberia. From , Bering led an expedition to determine whether or not Asia and North America were connected by a land bridge. Bering sailed through what is now known as the Bering Strait, finding a sea route around Siberia to China. Vitus Bering Bering Strait

12 James Cook (October 27, February 14, 1779) was a British explorer and astronomer who went on many expeditions to the Pacific Ocean, the Antarctic, the Arctic, and around the world. James Cook Cooks Routes

13 References: enchantedlearning.com Worldbook.com Britannica.com library.thinkquest.org/4034/polo.html en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Erikson_Day virtualology.com/hallofexplorers/


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