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George Shannon, Lewis & Clark Exped. (1785 - 1836)

George Shannon (1785–1836), the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (not counting the infant Jean Baptiste Charbonneau and Lewis's dog Seaman), was born in Pennsylvania. He joined ...

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John White MP (c.1540 - c.1593)

John White (c. 1540 – c. 1593) was an English artist, and an early pioneer of English efforts to settle the New World. He was among those who sailed with Richard Grenville to North Carolina in...

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Brig. General Randolph B. Marcy (USA) (1812 - 1887)

Randolph Barnes Marcy (April 9, 1812 – November 22, 1887) was a career officer in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in 1881. At the start of the C...

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Captain George Colvocoresses (USA) [adopted] (1816 - 1872)

George Musalas "Colvos" Colvocoresses (October 22, 1816 – June 3, 1872) was a United States Navy officer who commanded the Saratoga during the American Civil War. From 1838 up until 1842, he s...

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Sir George Percy, Colonial Governor of Virginia MP (1580 - 1632)

George Percy (September 4, 1580 – 1632) was an English explorer, author, and early Colonial Governor of Virginia. George Percy was born in England, the youngest son of Henry Percy, 2nd/8th E...

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Walter Neale (b. - c.1639)

) NEALE, WALTER, New England explorer, was grandson of William Neale, one of the auditors to Queen Elizabeth, of Warnford, Hampshire, by his first wife, Agnes, daughter of Robert Bowyer of Chichester...

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Henry Ellis, Colonial Governor of Georgia (1721 - 1805)

) Henry Ellis (1721–1805) was an explorer, author, and a colonial governor of Georgia. Ellis was born in County Monaghan, Ireland. He was educated in law at the Temple Church in London. In M...

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Paul Fenimore Cooper, Jr. (1930 - 1988)

Paul Fenimore Cooper, Jr. was a physicist and Arctic explorer and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1954.

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Capt Robert Falcon Scott, CVO, RN MP (1868 - 1912)

Robert Falcon Scott , CVO was born on 6 June 1868 in Devonport. He became a naval cadet at the age of 13 and served on a number of Royal Navy ships in the 1880s and 1890s. He attracted the notice of th...

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Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (1786 - 1847)

Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), knighted 1829 One of the outstanding explorers of the early 19th century, Admiral Franklin’s tragic end earned him iconic status. As a young midshipman, Franklin...

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Isaac Israel Hayes (1832 - 1881)

Isaac Israel Hayes (March 5, 1832 – December 17, 1881) was an Arctic explorer and physician. Hayes was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania. After completing his medical studies at the Unive...

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Gen. James Robertson, of Nashville (1742 - 1814)

Founder of Nashville, "Father of Tennessee." Robertson, leading a group of settlers from North Carolina to Tennessee, founded Fort Nashborough on Christmas Day of 1779. Named for Revolutionary War Gene...

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Thomas Wyndham (1508 - 1554)

) Thomas Wyndham (1508 - d. 1554) was an English naval officer and navigator. The son of Sir Thomas Wyndham of Felbrigg (d. 1522) and Elizabeth Wentworth, he was educated at Louvain University an...

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Clarence Rivers King (1842 - 1901)

Clarence R. King (January 6, 1842 – December 24, 1901) was an American geologist, mountaineer, and art critic. First director of the United States Geological Survey, from 1879 to 1881, King wa...

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William D. Boyce (founder of the Boy Scouts of America) (1858 - 1929)

William Dickson "W. D." Boyce (June 16, 1858 – June 11, 1929) was an American newspaper man, entrepreneur, magazine publisher, and explorer. He was the founder of the Boy Scouts of America (BS...

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James Pierson Beckwourth (1798 - 1866)

James Pierson Beckwourth (April 6, 1798 Frederick County, Virginia – October 29, 1866, Denver) was an American mountain man, fur trader, and explorer. An African American born into slavery in ...

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Howard Stansbury (1806 - 1863)

Howard Stansbury (February 8, 1806 - April 17, 1863) was a major in the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers. His most notable achievement was leading a two-year expedition (1849-1851) to sur...

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Capt. John Williams Gunnison (1812 - 1853)

Biography Gunnison was born in Goshen, New Hampshire in 1812. He graduated from West Point in 1837, second in his class of fifty cadets. His military career began in Florida, where he spent a year ...

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Joseph Christmas Ives (1829 - 1868)

Joseph Ives led the first expedition to reach the floor of the Grand Canyon and was engineer of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. Ancestral information from "Genealogy of the Ives Family" by...

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Lewis Cass, Governor, Senator, Secretary of War & State (1782 - 1866)

CASS, Lewis, (great-great-grandfather of Cass Ballenger), a Senator from Michigan; born in Exeter, N.H., October 9, 1782; attended Exeter Academy; moved with his parents to Wilmington, Del., in 1799 an...

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William Gilpin, 1st Governor of the Territory of Colorado (1813 - 1894)

) William Gilpin (October 4, 1813 – January 20, 1894) was a 19th century U.S. explorer, politician, land speculator, and futurist writer about the American West. He served as military officer ...

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Vitus Jonassen Bering MP (1681 - 1741)

I begyndelsen Vitus Jonassen Bering blev født i Horsens i 1681. Som ung drog han til søs, og dette blev starten på en karriere som sømand. I 1703 lod Bering sig hverve til...

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Maj. Gen. Abraham Wood MP (c.1614 - 1683)

Abraham Wood (1614–1682), sometimes referred to as "General" or "Colonel" Wood, was an English fur trader (specifically the beaver and deerskin trades) and explorer of 17th century colonial Virg...

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Alexander Theodor (Александр Федорович) von Middendorff (1815 - 1894)

Alexander Theodor von Middendorff (Russian: Александр Федорович М&...

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Charles Robert Darwin MP (1809 - 1882)

Charles Robert Darwin From Wikipedia FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist.[I] He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancesto...

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Adolphus Washington Greely (1844 - 1935)

Wikipedia: Adolphus Washington Greely (1844-1935), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was an American Polar explorer, a United States Army officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. EARLY MILITA...

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Bartholomew Gosnold MP (c.1571 - 1607)

He is considered by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) to be the "prime mover of the colonization of Virginia." Gosnold also led the first recorded European expedition ...

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Major John Wesley Powell (USA) (1834 - 1902)

John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous ...

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Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr. (1875 - 1956)

. Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr. (b. August 29, 1875, Boston, Massachusetts – d. July 21, 1956, Newport, Rhode Island) was an American physician, geographer, geologist and explorer. He graduated...

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Admiral Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield, KCB, FRS, FRGS (1820 - 1894)

Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield (27 March 1820 – 4 September 1894) was a Royal Naval officer who led one of the searches for the missing Arctic explorer John Franklin during the 1850s. In doing...

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Sir Ralph Lane, Gov. of Roanoke Colony MP (c.1530 - 1603)

Sir Ralph Lane (c. 1532 – October 1603)[1][2] was an English explorer of the Elizabethan era. He was part of the unsuccessful attempt in 1585 to colonize Roanoke Island, North Carolina. He also ...

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Willem Barentsz (1549 - 1597)

Willem sailed until 1590s usually for Spain and Mediterranean.

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Willem Janszoon (c.1570 - c.1630)

Captain of the Duyfken, Willem Janszoon is the first recorded European to have discovered Australia. He landed near the location of the modern town of Weipa, Queensland in Australia's tropical north on...

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Commodore Cadwalader Ringgold (USN) (1802 - 1867)

Cadwalader Ringgold (1802–1867) was an officer in the United States Navy who served in the United States Exploring Expedition, later headed an expedition to the Northwest and, after initially ...

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Frederick Roelker Wulsin (1891 - 1961)

Wulsin was an anthropologist who collected zoological specimens in East Africa and Madagascar, 1914-1915; and in China, Mongolia, Kokonor, and Indo-China, 1921-1924. He made archaeological journeys to ...

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Janet Elliott Wulsin (1893 - 1963)

Janet Elliott Wulsin (1894–1963) was an early 20th century explorer whose accomplishments place her in line with contemporary women explorers such as Alexandra David-Neel. She was born Jan...

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Captain Charles Wilkes (USA) [Rear Admiral post-Civil War] (commander U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842) (1798 - 1877)

Charles Wilkes (April 3, 1798 – February 8, 1877) was an American naval officer and explorer. He led the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 and commanded the ship in the Trent Affai...

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William Henry Jackson (1843 - 1942)

William Henry Jackson (April 4, 1843 – June 30, 1942) was an American painter, Civil War veteran, geological survey photographer and an explorer famous for his images of the American West. He ...

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Dr. Ferdinand Hayden (1829 - 1877)

Dr. Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (September 7, 1829 – December 22, 1887) was an American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of the Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century....

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Nicolas Perrault ou Perrot MP (c.1644 - 1717)

Nicolas Perrot Occupation: explorer, diplomat, and fur trader Born: 1644 about Parish / City: Bourgogne Country: France Death: 13 August 1717 - Age: 73 Parish / City: Becancour Country: C...

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Jean Nicolet de Belleborne MP (c.1598 - 1642)

NICOLLET DE BELLEBORNE, JEAN, interprète et commis de la Compagnie des Cent-Associés, agent de liaison entre les Français et les Indiens, explorateur, né vers 1598, probable...

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Isabella Bird MP (1831 - 1904)

Isabella Lucy Bird (October 15, 1831 – October 7, 1904) was a nineteenth-century English explorer, writer, and a natural historian Early life Bird was born in Boroughbridge in 1831 and grew ...

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Paul Allman Siple (1908 - 1968)

Paul Allman Siple (December 18, 1908 – November 25, 1968) was an American Antarctic explorer and geographer who took part in six Antarctic expeditions, including the two Byrd expeditions of 19...

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Israel Cook Russell (1852 - 1906)

Israel Cook Russell, LL.D. (1852–1906) was an American geologist and geographer who explored Alaska in the late 19th century. He was born at Garrattsville, New York, on the 10th of December 18...

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George Palmer Putnam (1887 - 1950)

George Palmer Putnam (September 7, 1887 – January 4, 1950) was an American publisher, author and explorer. Known for his marriage to and being the widower of Amelia Earhart, he had also achieved...

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Maj. General Henry T. Allen (1859 - 1930)

Henry Tureman Allen (April 13, 1859 – August 29, 1930) was a United States Army officer known for exploring the Copper River in Alaska in 1885 along with the Tanana and Koyukuk rivers by trans...

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Jonathan Carver (1710 - 1780)

Jonathan Carver (April 13, 1710 – January 31, 1780) was an American explorer and writer. He was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts and then moved with his family to Canterbury, Connecticut. He la...

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Roy Chapman Andrews MP (1884 - 1960)

Roy Chapman Andrews (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960) was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. He is primarily k...

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Gertrude Sanford Legendre (1902 - 2000)

Gertrude Sanford Legendre (1902–2000) was an American socialite who served as a spy during World War II. She was also a noted explorer, big-game hunter, environmentalist, and owner of Medway p...

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Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi (1873 - 1933)

Prince Luigi Amedeo Giuseppe Maria Ferdinando Francesco di Savoia-Aosta ( January 29, 1873 - March 18, 1933 ), Duke of the Abruzzi (Duca degli Abruzzi), was an Italian nobleman, mountaineer and explo...

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Charles A Lindbergh, II MP (1902 - 1974)

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) (nicknamed "Slim", "Lucky Lindy", and "The Lone Eagle") was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. ...

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Arthur Conolly (aka., "Khan Ali") (1807 - 1842)

Arthur Conolly (1807, London - June 1842, Bokhara) (sometimes misspelled Connolly) was a British intelligence officer, explorer and writer. He was a captain of the 1st Bengal Light Cavalry in the ser...

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Captain Sir Alexander Burnes (1805 - 1841)

Captain Sir Alexander Burnes (16 May 1805 – 2 November 1841) was a Scottish traveller and explorer who took part in The Great Game. He was nicknamed Bokhara Burnes for his role in establishing...

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Martim da Boemia, II (1459 - 1507)

Martin Behaim (1459 – 1507) was a German mariner, artist, cosmographer, astronomer, philosopher, geographer and explorer in service to King John II of Portugal (1). 1459: Born in Nürnbe...

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Raphael Pumpelly (1837 - 1923)

Raphael Pumpelly (September 8, 1837 – August 10, 1923) was an American geologist and explorer. Early life and ancestors He was born on September 8, 1837 in Oswego, New York, into a family ...

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Caspar William Whitney (1864 - 1929)

Caspar William Whitney (September 2, 1864 – January, 18 1929) was an American author, editor, explorer, and war correspondent. He originated the concept of the All-American team in college foo...

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Major Andrew Henry (1775 - c.1832)

) Major Andrew Henry (c. 1775 – 1832) was an American fur trader who, with William H. Ashley started the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1822. Born circa 1775 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, He...

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Brig. General William H. Ashley (1778 - 1838)

William Henry Ashley (1778, Powhatan County, Virginia–March 26, 1838, Boonville, Missouri) was a pioneering fur trader, entrepreneur, and politician. Though a native of Virginia, Ashley had al...

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Midshipman Robert Pitcairn (Royal Navy) (1753 - 1770)

Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific (known chiefly for its part in the mutiny on the Bounty) was named for Robert, who was a midshipman in the British navy. While on watch on a voyage led by Captain P...

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Captain Henry Parkyns Hoppner (Royal Navy) (1795 - 1833)

Captain Henry Parkyns Hoppner (1795, London – 22 December 1833, Lisbon) was an officer of the Royal Navy, Arctic explorer, and draughtsman/artist. His career included two ill-fated voyages cul...

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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (1821 - 1890)

Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, lin...

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Christopher Gist MP (1706 - 1759)

Christopher Gist (1706–1759) was one of the first white explorers of the Ohio Country in what would become the United States. He was credited with providing the first detailed description of t...

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Brevet Major William Henry Gilder (USA) (1838 - 1900)

William Henry Gilder (16 August 1838–1900), was an American soldier, journalist, explorer and writer. Biography He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a clergyman, also name...

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Henry Morton Stanley MP (1841 - 1904)

Note - I have just received a copy of Tim Jeal's biography* "Stanley The Imposible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer" and will add to/adjust the summary below as necessary in due course. CJB 5th Aug 2...

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James Augustus Grant (1827 - 1892)

James Augustus Grant, CB, CSI, FRS, FRGS (11 April 1827 — 11 February 1892) was a Scottish explorer of eastern equatorial Africa. Grant was born at Nairn in the Scottish Highlands, where his...

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Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Baronet (1792 - 1871)

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Baronet KCB DCL FRS FRSE FLS PRGS PBA MRIA (22 February 1792 – 22 October 1871) was a Scottish geologist who first described and investigated the Silurian sys...

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Marco Emilio Polo MP (1254 - 1324)

Marco Polo c. 1254 – January 8, 1324) was a merchant from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central As...

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James Sinclair (c.1811 - 1856)

) James Sinclair (1811–1856) was a trader and explorer with the Hudson's Bay Company. He was the son of Hudson's Bay Company factor William Sinclair, from Eastaquoy in Harray, and his Cree wif...

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Donald Mackenzie (1783 - 1851)

) Donald Mackenzie (June 15, 1783 - Jan. 20, 1851) was a Scottish-Canadian explorer, fur trader and Governor of the Red River Settlement from 1821 to 1834. Early life Born in Scotland, Mackenzie ...

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Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1764 - 1820)

) Sir Alexander Mackenzie (or MacKenzie, Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacCoinnich, 1764 – March 12, 1820) was a Scottish explorer. Mackenzie was born in Stornoway on the isle of Lewis in the Oute...

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Peter Skene Ogden (1790 - 1854)

Peter Skene Ogden (alternately Skeene, Skein or Skeen), (baptised 12 February 1790 – September 27, 1854) was a fur trader and a Canadian explorer of what is now British Columbia and the Americ...

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John Wesley Hillman MP (1832 - 1915)

John Wesley Hillman (March 29, 1832 – March 19, 1915) was an American prospector during the California Gold Rush and explorer who was among the first European Americans to see Crater Lake in the...

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Robert Stuart (1785 - 1843)

Robert Stuart was the discoverer of the South Pass, Wyoming. Book: Across the Great Divide : Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail Laton Mccartney (Author) Stuart, Robert, 1785 ...

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Maj. General David S. Stanley (USA) MP (1828 - 1902)

David Sloane Stanley (June 1, 1828 – March 13, 1902) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for hi...

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Capt. John Smith (Colonial Governor of Virginia) MP (1579 - 1631)

Regarding John Smith and Pocahontas' marriage: This is only a rumor, but someone has done "genealogy" for this "couple." There is truth to John Smith's existence and that he did encounter Pocahontas....

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George Miller Dyott (1883 - 1972)

George Miller Dyott (6 February 1883 – 2 August 1972) was a pioneer aviator, and explorer of the Amazon. Biography Dyott was born in New York to a British father and American mother. He te...

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Colonel Percy Fawcett (1867 - c.1925)

Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett (18 August 1867 – in or after 1925) was a British artillery officer, archaeologist and South American explorer. Along with his eldest son, Fawcett disappear...

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Major Frederick Russell "Fred" Burnham ("The King of Scouts") (1861 - 1947)

Frederick Russell Burnham, DSO (May 11, 1861 – September 1, 1947) was an American scout and world traveling adventurer known for his service to the British Army in colonial Africa and for teac...

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James Booth Lockwood (1852 - 1884)

James Booth Lockwood (October 9, 1852−April 9, 1884), was an American arctic explorer. He died on the ill-fated Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. Lockwood was born in Annapolis, Maryland to Gene...

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Brevet Brig. General Henry D. Washburn (USA) (1832 - 1871)

Henry Dana Washburn (March 28, 1832 – January 26, 1871) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Biography Born in Windsor, Ver...

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Capt. Gustavus C. Doane (USA) (1840 - 1892)

Gustavus Cheyney Doane (May 29, 1840 – May 5, 1892) was a U.S. Army Cavalry Captain, explorer, inventor and Civil War soldier who played a prominent role in the exploration of Yellowstone as a...

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Brig General John W. Barlow (USA) (1838 - 1914)

John Whitney Barlow (June 26, 1838 – February 27, 1914) was a career officer in the United States Army. During and after the American Civil War, he was noted for his engineering talents. B...

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Richard Archbold (1907 - 1976)

Richard Archbold (April 9, 1907 – August 1, 1976) was an American zoologist, explorer, and philanthropist. He was independently wealthy, being the grandson of the capitalist John Dustin Archbo...

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Leif Ericksson (c.970 - 1020)

Leif was the son of Erik the Red and his wife Thjodhild, and the grandson of Thorvaldr Ásvaldsson. His year of birth is most often given as c. 970 or c. 980.[9] Though Leif's birthplace is not...

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Charles Napier Sturt, Captain (1795 - 1869)

Captain Charles Napier Sturt (28 April 1795 – 16 June 1869) was an English explorer of Australia, and part of the European Exploration of Australia. He led several expeditions into the interio...

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Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic Explorer (c.1820 - 1857)

Elisha Kent Kane (28 February 1820 – 16 February 1857) was a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to r...

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Sir Humphrey Gilbert (c.1539 - 1583)

Sir Humphrey Gilbert (c. 1539 – 9 September 1583) [1] was an English adventurer, explorer, member of parliament, and soldier from Devon, who served the crown during the reign of Queen Elizabeth ...

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Dr. Thomas Walker MP (1715 - 1794)

Dr. Thomas Walker (1714 - 1794) Thomas Walker was born in King and Queen County, the son of Dr. Thomas Walker, Sr. and Susanna Peachy Walker. He studied medicine at William and Mary and was one of ...

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William Marshall Anderson (1807 - 1881)

William Marshall Anderson (1807–1881) was an American scholar, explorer and politician, noted for his detailed travel journals in the Rocky Mountains and Imperial Mexico. He was born into a ...

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Jacques Cartier MP (1491 - 1557)

Jacques Cartier was commissioned by King Francis I of France to go to The New World. On June 24, 1534, Cartier (with three ships) landed in what is now Canada (the Gaspe Peninsula), planted a cross t...

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John Ledyard, "The Traveller" (1751 - 1789)

): John Ledyard......was an American explorer and adventurer. Ledyard was born in Groton, Connecticut, the oldest son of John and Abigail (Hempstead) Ledyard and the nephew of Continental Army Colo...

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Matthew Fontaine Maury "Pathfinder of the Seas", Commodore (USN), Commander (CSN) MP (1806 - 1873)

Matthew Fontaine Maury (January 14, 1806 – February 1, 1873), United States Navy was an American astronomer, historian, oceanographer, meteorologist, cartographer, author, geologist, and educa...

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Lieutenant William Herndon (1813 - 1857)

Commander William Lewis Herndon (25 October 1813 – 12 September 1857) was one of the United States Navy's outstanding explorers and seamen. He chose to go down with his ship while other lives ...

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Henrique de Portugal, duque de Viseu MP (1394 - 1460)

(click on link for complete English version or see below) Henry the Navigator (Portuguese pronunciation: [ẽˈʁik(ɨ)]; Portuguese: Henrique o Navegador Porto, 4 March 1394 &...

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Pedro de Alvarado Contreras, Conquistador de México y Guatemala MP (1485 - 1541)

Pedro de Alvarado De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras ¿¿?? de 1485 – 4 de julio de 1541 Apodo 'Tonatiuh' por los Aztecas Lugar de nacimient...

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Fletcher Christian (mutineer; HMS Bounty) MP (1764 - 1793)

Fletcher Christian..... Fletcher Christian (25 September 1764 – 20 September 1793) was a master's mate on board the Bounty during William Bligh's fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plan...

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Hiram Bingham III, Governor of Connecticut, U.S. Senator MP (1875 - 1956)

Hiram Bingham, formally Hiram Bingham III, (November 19, 1875– June 6, 1956) was an academic, explorer, treasure hunter and politician from the United States. He made public the existence of t...

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Dr. David Livingstone MP (1813 - 1873)

David Livingstone was born on the 19 March 1813, 8 miles south of Glasgow, one of seven children. As a young child he worked tirelessly on the cotton mills from 6am to 8pm and then studied hard at the ...

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Leif "The Lucky" "Heppni" Eriksson MP (968 - 1020)

Leif Ericson (Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson)[1] (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse[2] explorer who is regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 ...

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Rear Admiral Robert Peary (USN) (1856 - 1920)

Robert Edwin Peary was the famous Arctic Explorer and disputed discoverer of the North Pole. See: Wally Herbert, "Commander Robert E. Peary: Did He Reach the Pole?" (Sept, 1988) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAG...

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