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an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military adviser for Plymouth Colony. He accompanied the Pilgrims on their journey on the Mayflower and subsequently Standish played a leading role in the administration and defense of Plymouth Colony from its inception. On February 17, 1621, the Plymouth Colony militia elected him as its first commander and continued to re-elect him to that position for the remainder of his life. Standish served as an agent of Plymouth Colony in England, as assistant governor, and as treasurer of Plymouth Colony. He was also one of the first settlers and founders of the town of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
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Myles Standish1584 ca1603
 
16561656, Oct 3

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...
Sebastián Vizcaíno15481580
 
16191624
 a Spanish soldier, entrepreneur, explorer, and diplomat whose varied roles took him to New Spain,...
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...
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...