Monday, January 25, 2010

Top 10 Great Explorers

  1. Christopher Columbus
 (1451 – 20 May 1506) Said to be the first Westerner (apart from Viking exploration) to come to the new World of the American continent. Initiated widespread contact with native Indians.
  2. Sir Ernest Shackleton - (1874–1922) Antarctic explorer
 who attempted to cross the Antarctic from one side to the other via the South Pole.
  3. Captain James Cook - (1728 – 14 February 1779) The great 18th Century explorer and adventurer who joined the British navy and made great progress in mapping the Pacific Islands and the continent of Australasia.
  4. Captain Scott - Antarctic explorer -Great Antarctic explorer who explored the Antarctic extensively. Became the second person to reach the south pole on his tragic last mission in 1912.
Sir Edmund Hilary. With Sherpa Tensing, Sir Edmund Hilary became the first person to climb Mount Everest.
  6. David Livingstone - explored the heart of the African subcontinent. Becoming the first westerner to come across the Victoria Falls
  7. Sir Francis Drake, 1542-1596 - Made the first successful circumnavigation of the world by boat. 

  8. Sir Walter Raleigh, (1554-1618) 
During his own lifetime, Walter Raleigh (Raleigh) was one of the best-known men in England. He was a courtier, politician, soldier, seaman, explorer, businessman, philosopher, historian and poet.
  9. Marco Polo (c. 1254 – January 8, 1324) Made legendary exploration through Acre, into China and to the Mongol court.
  10. Alexander the Great - Led his army over Asia into heart of India


Anonymous said...

This list is riddled with falasy. Roald Amundsen was deservant of at least second place, after Leif Eirikson.

Anonymous said...

Only men? Could this be a reflection of your political views I wonder.