List of explorers

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**Early European Explorers:**
– Leif Erikson was the first European in America
– Marco Polo traveled to the Far East
– Zheng He explored Southeast Asia and Africa
– Diogo Cão explored the Congo River
– Bartolomeu Dias sailed around Africa’s tip

**Explorers of the New World:**
– Christopher Columbus discovered America
– Alonso de Ojeda found South America
– John Cabot navigated North American coast
– Vasco da Gama sailed to India
– Amerigo Vespucci identified a new continent

**Explorers of the Americas:**
– Pedro Álvares Cabral discovered Brazil
– Afonso de Albuquerque conquered Asian cities
– Juan Ponce de León found Florida
– Vasco Núñez de Balboa reached the Pacific
– Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztec Empire

**Explorers of New Territories:**
– Ferdinand Magellan found a western sea route to Asia
– Juan Sebastián Elcano circumnavigated the Earth
– Jacques Cartier explored and claimed lands for France
– Francis Drake completed a world circumnavigation
– Samuel de Champlain founded Canada settlements

**Explorers of the Polar Regions:**
– Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole
– William S. Bruce explored rivers in South America
– Richard E. Byrd was a polar explorer
– David Livingstone discovered African lakes and rivers
– William S. Bruce explored the Paraguay and Amazon Rivers

This is a list of maritime explorers. The list includes explorers which had contributed, and continue to contribute to human knowledge of the planet's geography, weather, biodiversity, human cultures, the expansion of trade, or established communication between diverse populations...

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