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  • Alexander (Robinson Crusoe) Selkirk (1676 - 1721)
    Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721) was a Scottish sailor who spent four years as a castaway when he was marooned on an uninhabited island. It is probable that his travels provided the inspiration for Da...
  • Juan Bautista Pastene Solimana, Almirante (1507 - 1576)
    Nacido en Génova (o Pegli) en 1507, El 1534 con 27 años se embarca en la expedicion de Gerolamo del Ortal rumbo al Golfo de Paria - Venezuela explorando las Antillas Menores. . Luego paso al Virreinato...
  • Alejandro Malaspina (1754 - 1810)
    Alessandro Malaspina, conocido en español como Alejandro Malaspina (Mulazzo, 5 de noviembre de 1754 - Pontremoli, 9 de abril de 1810), fue un noble y marino italiano al servicio de España, brigadier...
  • Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1532 - 1592)
    Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (Alcalá de Henares, Corona de España, e/ 1530 y 1532 - océano Atlántico de la costa de Lisboa, Reino de Portugal de la Monarquía Hispánica, 17 de julio de 1592) era un marino,...
  • Rear-Admiral Sir John Narborough, Anglo-Dutch War Vet. (c.1640 - 1688)
    Sir John Narborough (c. 1640–1688) or Narbrough was an English naval commander of the 17th century. He served with distinction during the Anglo-Dutch Wars and against the Barbary Coast pirates.Early li...

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This project of famous adventurers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top adventurers in the world? This includes the most prominent adventurers, living and dead. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned adventurers.

Even though many of the following famous adventurers finished their journeys a long time ago, and most have long since moved on from this world, we can learn and be inspired by what they accomplished.

Some of the people impacted the travel world around 100 years ago, and even though a century is a long time ago, it’s still possible to try to relate to their situations. But it’s difficult to fathom what it was like for an explorer like Ferdinand Magellan, who explored the world nearv ly 500 years ago, back when much of the world as we know it today was still untouched.