Adventurers and Explorers
Posted by Dan | May 9th, 2021 - 8:16pm
Everyone loves a good adventure, but for these folks, a lot of theirs were life or death situations that changed our knowledge of the world forever. They all committed feats worth remembering, but how much do you know about the explorers of the world? Know your Amundsen from your Armstrong? Your Columbus from your Clark from your Cook? Well then, let us get started with 10 easier questions about the history of adventure!
Amerigo Vespucci, whose name would eventually go on to name the Americas, was a merchant and explorer who made several trips to the new world. What was Amerigo Vespucci's main legacy?
Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer, achieved a first in 1488 that would forever help connect Europe to Asia - but what was that first?
Vikings were successful explorers in their time, with settlements established all around Europe via the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Around the year 1000 the Vikings, likely led by Leif Erikson, founded a settlement in a surprising place - where was it?
In 1519, a fleet of 5 ships captained by Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain; one ship, the Victoria, would return in 1522, captained by Juan Sebastián Elcano. Despite the heavy losses, what did the voyage achieve?
Initially settled around the 13th century by Polynesians, this remote country was one of the last locations to be settled by people. While a Dutch Explorer named Abel Tasman would 'discover' it (from a European perspective) in the 17th century and James Cook would map its coastline in the mid 18th century, it wouldn't be until the mid 19th century that this country became a colony of the British Empire. Which country am I?
Named by a European explorer as the 'Sandwich Islands', Hawaii was a land of chiefdoms, settled by a slow influx of boats from across the Pacific that would slowly grow into a kingdom, then a republic before annexation and eventually becoming a state. But which explorer arrived here in 1778 to officially put Hawaii on the maps?
In the early 20th century, a race between two groups of explorers had begun: a race to the south pole. On one side, was Robert Falcon Scott and his team, who would lose the race by roughly 1 month before eventually losing his life too. But who won that race?
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are a duo of adventurers who together completed a first on 29th May 1953. Which first was it?
Likewise, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh are another duo to achieve a first, but their first was in a Submarine. They descended to Challenger Deep, the deepest point known in Earth's oceans. What year did they achieve this?
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