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15481580s-1610s1624
a Spanish soldier, entrepreneur, explorer, and diplomat whose varied roles took him to New Spain, the Philippines, the Baja California peninsula, the California coast and Japan.
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Sebastián Vizcaíno15481580
 
1701624

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...
Anthony Jenkinson15291550
 
1661610/1611
 one of the first Britons to explore Muscovy and present day Russia. Jenkinson was a traveller and...
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, ...
Anthony de la Rocheunknown1674
 
1675unknown
 an English merchant born in London to a French Huguenot father and an English mother. During a co...
Charles Albanel16161649
 
16961696, Jun 11
 a French missionary explorer in Canada, and a Jesuit priest. In 1649, he arrived in Canada at Tad...
Willem de Vlamingh1640, Nov 281688
 
1698unknown
 a Dutch sea-captain who explored the central west coast of Australia (then "New Holland") in the ...
Louis Jolliet1645, Sep 211670
 
16991700+
 a French Canadian explorer known for his discoveries in North America. Jolliet and Jesuit Father ...
Lionel Wafer16401679
 
17051705
 a Welsh explorer, buccaneer and privateer. A ship's surgeon, Wafer made several voyages to the So...
William Dampier1651, Sep1673
 
17151715, Mar
 the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumn...
Vitus Bering1681, Aug1699
 
17411741, Dec 19
 a Danish born explorer in Russian service, and an officer in the Russian Navy. He is known for hi...
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