FAMOUS EXPLORERS

Explorers came to this "New World" from many different places. Learn about the explorers who came to these lands and the legacies they left behind them.
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Francisco De Orellana

Orellana Francisco de (1511 - 1546), a Spanish soldier and explorer. Orellana was the first European to explore the course of the Amazon River.

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  • Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt

    Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt

    The depth and range of Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt's investigations caused Ralph Waldo Emerson to call him "a universal man." Learn more about von Humboldt's explorations. See more »

  • Diego De Almagro

    Diego De Almagro

    Almagro, Diego de (1475 - 1538), a Spanish soldier and explorer. During 1524 - 33, Almagro helped Francisco Pinzarro overthrow the Inca empire of Peru. See more »

  • Francisco De Orellana

    Francisco De Orellana

    Orellana Francisco de (1511 - 1546), a Spanish soldier and explorer. Orellana was the first European to explore the course of the Amazon River. See more »

  • Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham

    Bingham, Hiram (1875 - 1956), a United States explorer and political leader. He was born in Honolulu, the son of a missionary. See more »

  • Pedro De Alvarado

    Pedro De Alvarado

    Alvarado, Pedro de (1495 - 1541), a Spanish soldier and explorer of Central America. See more »

  • Vasco Nunez De Balboa

    Vasco Nunez De Balboa

    Balboa, Vasco Nez de (1475 - 1517), a Spanish explorer. He was the first European to discover that a great ocean, the Pacific, lay west of the Americas. See more »

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