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Adventurers and explorers who changed the world. Famous and lesser known

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  • Gilbert Farquhar Mathison (1803 - 1854)
    Secretary of the Royal Mint, awarded the compensation for 25 enslaved people in St Catherine Jamaica as owner-in-fee. Matriculated Oriel Oxford 9/12/1819 aged 16; of the Old Palace Richmond, secretar...
  • George Uglow Pope (1820 - 1908)
    George Uglow Pope George Uglow Pope or G.U. Pope was an Anglican Christian missionary and Tamil scholar who spent 40 years in Tamil Nadu and translated many Tamil texts into English. His popular tran...
  • Dr. Walter Levell Draper, M.D. (1865 - 1940)
    W. Levell Draper — of Wilson, Niagara County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Niagara County 2nd District, 1906-09. Draper, W. Levell, M. D., was born in Jefferson county, N.Y. ,February ...
  • Juan Sebastiàn Elcano del Puerto (1476 - 1526)
    Elcano (Juan Sebastián de): N. Guetaria, 1476; hijo de Domingo Sebastián y de Catalina del Puerto; Maestre de la Nao La Concepción en el viaje de Hernando de Magallanes a las Islas Molucas, 1519; de la...
  • Antonio Pigafetta (c.1480 - c.1534)
    Antonio Pigafetta o de Pigafetta (Vicenza, Italia, c. 1480 - ib., c. 15344​) fue un noble italiano del Renacimiento que se desempeñó como explorador, geógrafo y cronista al servicio de la República de ...

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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.