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one of the first Britons to explore Muscovy and present day Russia. Jenkinson was a traveller and explorer on behalf of the Muscovy Company and the English crown. He also met Ivan the Terrible several times during his trips to Moscow and Russia. He detailed the accounts of his travel through several written works over his life. Explored Russia and Persia.
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Anthony Jenkinson15291550
 
1661610/1611

Sebastian de Belalcazar1479/80/951507
 
15511551
 a Spanish conquistador. He entered Nicaragua with Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1524 during...
Fernao Pires de Andradeunknown1510
 
15521552
 a Portuguese merchant, pharmacist, and official diplomat under the explorer and Portuguese Malacc...
Francis Xavier1506, Apr 71534
 
15521552, Dec 3
 a Navarrese Roman Catholic missionary, born in Javier (Xavier in Navarro-Aragonese), Kingdom of N...
Piri Reis1467 ca1481
 
15531553
 an Ottoman admiral, geographer, and cartographer. Piri began engaging in government-supported pri...
Pedro de Valdivia1497, Apr 171520
 
15531553, Dec 25
 a Spanish conquistador and the first royal governor of Chile. After serving with the Spanish army...
Pedro Mascarenhas14701512
 
15551555, Jun 16
 a Portuguese explorer and colonial administrator. He was the first European to discover the islan...
Hans Staden1525 ca1547
 
15551579 ca
 a German soldier and explorer who voyaged to South America in the middle of the sixteenth century...
Domingo Martinez de Irala1509 ca1530
 
15561556 ca
 a Spanish Basque conquistador. He headed for the Americas in 1535 enrolled in the expedition of P...
Sebastian Cabot1474 ca1494
 
15571557, Dec
 an Italian explorer, likely born in the Venetian Republic. He was the son of Italian explorer Joh...
Hernando de Alarconunknown1540
 
1559unknown
 a Spanish navigator of the 16th century, noted for having led an early expedition to the Baja Cal...
Lope de Aguirre1510 ca1530
 
15611561, Oct 27
 a Basque Spanish conquistador in South America. Nicknamed El Loco ('the Madman'), he styled himse...
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi1502 ca1528
 
15651572, Aug 20
 a Basque Spanish navigator and governor who established the first Spanish settlement in the East ...
Pedro Menendez de Aviles1519, Feb 151565
 
15651574, Sep 17
 a Spanish admiral and explorer from the region of Asturias, Spain, who is remembered for planning...
Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesado1506/091535
 
15731579, Feb 16
 a Spanish explorer and conquistador in Colombia. He explored the northern part of South America. ...
Diogo Rodrigues1495 ca1507
 
15771577, Apr 21
 a Portuguese explorer of the Indian Ocean who sailed as an ordinary helmsman under the command of...
Thomas Doughty [1]15451577
 
15781578, Jul 2
 an English nobleman, soldier, scholar and personal secretary of Christopher Hatton. His associati...
Juan Perez de Zurita15161536
 
15791595 ca
 a Spanish Conquistador. In 1536 he began his military career. In 1548 he was in Granada and in 15...
Guillaume Le Testu1509 ca1560
 
15791573
 a French privateer, explorer and navigator. He was one of the foremost cartographers of his time ...
Yermak Timofeyevich1537 ca1582
 
15851585, Aug 5/6
 a Cossack who started the Russian exploration and conquest of Siberia, in the reign of Tsar Ivan ...
Martin Frobisher15351585
 
15851595
 an English seaman and privateer (licensed pirate) who made three voyages to the New World to look...
Paulo Dias de Novais1510 ca1575
 
15891589
 a Portuguese colonizer of Africa in the 16th century and the first Captain-Governor of Portuguese...
John White1540 ca1580
 
15891593
 an English artist and early pioneer of English efforts to settle North America. He was among thos...
Thomas Cavendish15601587
 
15921592
 an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliber...
Sir Francis Drake1540 ca1563
 
15961596, Jan 27/28
 an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drak...
Willem Barentsz1550 ca1594
 
15971597, Jun 20
 a Dutch navigator, cartographer, and Arctic explorer. He went on three expeditions to the far nor...
Sir Robert Dudley [2]1574, Aug 71594
 
16031649, Sep 6
 an English explorer and cartographer. In 1594, he led an expedition to the West Indies, of which ...
Luis Vaez de Torres1565 ca1606
 
1607unknown
  a 16th- and 17th-century maritime explorer of a Spanish expedition noted for the first recorded ...
Pedro Fernandes de Queiros15651590
 
16091614
 a Portuguese navigator best known for his involvement with Spanish voyages of discovery in the Pa...
Anthony Shirley15651590
 
16091637
 an English traveller, whose imprisonment in 1603 by King James I caused the English House of Comm...
Matteo Ricci1552, Oct 61577
 
16101610, May 11
 an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions. His 1602 m...
Henry Hudson1567 ca1607
 
16111611
 an English sea explorer and navigator in the early 17th century. Hudson made two attempts on beha...
Tanaka Shosukeunknown1610
 
1614unknown
 an important Japanese technician and trader in metals from Kyoto during the beginning of the 17th...
Jacob Le Maire1585 ca1615
 
16161616, Dec 22
 a Dutch mariner who circumnavigated the earth in 1615 and 1616. Eendracht rounded Cape Horn, pro...
Sir Walter Raleigh1554 ca1569
 
16181618, Oct 29
 an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. He i...
Pedro Paez15641589
 
16221622, May 25
 a Spanish Jesuit missionary in Ethiopia. Páez is considered by many experts on Ethiopia to be th...
William Baffinunknown1612
 
16221622, Jan 23
 an English navigator and explorer. In 1615, Baffin entered the service of the Company for the dis...
Willem Schouten1567 ca1615
 
16251625
 a Dutch navigator for the Dutch East India Company. He was the first to sail the Cape Horn route ...
Adriaen Block1567 ca1590
 
16271627, Aug
 a Dutch private trader and navigator who is best known for exploring the coastal and river valley...
Juan de Onate15501595
 
16291626/1630
 a Novohispanic Conquistador, explorer, and colonial governor of the Santa Fe de Nuevo México pro...
Willem Janszoon1570 ca1598
 
16291630
 a Dutch navigator and colonial governor. Janszoon served in the Netherlands East Indies in the pe...
Nicolas de Cardonaunknown1610
 
1629unknown
 a Spanish entrepreneur and adventurer with residence in Seville, who was involved in the explorat...
Joao Cabral15991620
 
1629unknown
 a Portuguese Jesuit missionary, who, along with Estêvão Cacella, were the first Europeans to en...
Jan Carstenszunknown1620
 
1629unknown
 a 17th-century Dutch explorer. In 1623, Carstenszoon was commissioned by the Dutch East India Com...
Etienne Brule1592 ca1610
 
16331633, Jun ca
 the first European explorer to journey beyond the St. Lawrence River in what is today Canada. Tak...
Antonio de Andrade15801600
 
16341634, Mar 19
 a Jesuit priest and explorer from Portugal. Engaged in missionary activity in India, was the firs...
Tomas de Cardonaunknown1611
 
1639unknown
 a rich explorer, trader, and teacher of Spanish royal palace from the 17th century, who invested ...
Tenjiku Tokubei16121626
 
16391692 ca
 a Japanese adventurer and writer of the early 17th century. He traveled to Southeast and South As...
Pedro Teixeiraunknown1637
 
16391641, Jul 4
 a Portuguese explorer who became, in 1637, the first European to travel up the entire length of t...
Jean Nicolet1598 ca1610
 
16421642, Nov 1
 a French coureur des bois noted for exploring Green Bay of Lake Michigan, in what is now the U.S....
Hendrik Brouwer15811606
 
16431643, Aug 7
 a Dutch explorer, admiral, and colonial administrator both in Japan and the Dutch East Indies. He...
Maarten Gerritsz Vries1589, Feb 181640
 
16491647
 a 17th-century Dutch cartographer and explorer, the first Western European to leave an account of...
Andres de Urdaneta1498, Nov 301520
 
1651568, Jun 3
 a Basque circumnavigator, explorer and Augustinian friar. As a navigator he achieved the "second"...
Myles Standish1584 ca1603
 
16561656, Oct 3
 an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military adviser for Plymouth Colony. He acc...
Antonio Raposo Tavares15981618
 
16581658
 Explored Paraguay River, part of the Andes mountain range, Grande River, Mamoré River, Madeira R...
Abel Tasman16031633
 
16591659, Oct 10
 a Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the serv...
Abraham Blauvelt1600 ca1630
 
16631663 ca
 a Dutch privateer and explorer mapping much of Central America in the 1630s, after whom both the ...
Jean-Baptiste Tavernier16051630
 
16681689
 a 17th-century French gem merchant and traveler. Tavernier, a private individual and merchant tra...
Sir Christopher Myngs16251650
 
16691666
  English naval officer and pirate. He first appears prominently as the captain of the Elisabeth, ...
Charles Albanel16161649
 
16961696, Jun 11
 a French missionary explorer in Canada, and a Jesuit priest. In 1649, he arrived in Canada at Tad...
Sebastián Vizcaíno15481580
 
1701624
 a Spanish soldier, entrepreneur, explorer, and diplomat whose varied roles took him to New Spain,...
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