North America was a contested battleground, as explorers came to the New World. Here are the major North American explorers and their stories.


Jonathan Carver

Carver, Jonathan (1710-1780), a North American explorer. In 1766, following the French and Indian War, he was sent by Major Robert Rogers, commandant at Mackinac, to explore the Lake Superior region and parts of Minnesota.

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  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
    Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition (May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806), an expedition sent by President Thomas Jefferson to examine the resources of the far Northwest. See more »

  • Alexander Henry
    Alexander Henry

    Henry, Alexander (1739-1824), a Canadian fur trader and explorer. He made many trips through the uncharted region that later became northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. See more »

  • Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Columbus

    Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506), an Italian navigator and explorer. (Christopher Columbus is the Latin form of his name. See more »

  • Francisco Vasquez De Coronado
    Francisco Vasquez De Coronado

    Coronado, Francisco Vasquez de (1510-1554), a Spanish explorer of the American Southwest. See more »

  • Henry Hudson
    Henry Hudson

    Hudson, Henry (?-1611), an English navigator and explorer. His exploration of the Hudson River, on a voyage sponsored by the Dutch, led to their colonization of what is now New York City. See more »

  • Robert Gray
    Robert Gray

    Gray, Robert (17551806), a United States sea captain and fur trader. In 1792. while sailing along the Pacific coast, he discovered the Columbia River and named it for his ship. See more »

  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    Sir Walter Raleigh

    Raleigh (or Ralegh), Sir Walter (1552-1618), an English soldier, seaman, politician, writer, and colonizer. See more »

  • Andrew Henry
    Andrew Henry

    Henry, Andrew (1775-1833), a United States fur trapper and explorer. Henry was born in York County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Missouri in 1800. See more »

  • Angelo Heilprin
    Angelo Heilprin

    Heilprin, Angelo (1853-1907), a United States geologist and explorer. Heilprin made field trips to the Florida Everglades, Mexico, North Africa, Alaska, and the Bermuda Islands. See more »

  • Claude J. Allouez
    Claude J. Allouez

    Allouez, Claude Jean (1622-1689), a French Jesuit missionary and an early explorer of the Lake Superior region. See more »

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