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a Portuguese colonizer of Africa in the 16th century and the first Captain-Governor of Portuguese Angola. He was the grandson of the explorer Bartolomeu Dias. Novais arrived in what is now Angola on 11 February 1575. Attracted by the prospect of the famous silver mines of Cambambe, he founded the settlement of São Paulo de Luanda, near the island of Luanda.
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Paulo Dias de Novais1510 ca1575
 
15891589

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...
Anthony Jenkinson15291550
 
15791610/1611
 one of the first Britons to explore Muscovy and present day Russia. Jenkinson was a traveller and...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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