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James Cook (left photo)
Christopher Columbus (right photo)
Vasco de Gama
1728-1779. England. Captain Cook (left photo) discovered many Pacific islands during three expedition voyages. He was the first to cross the Antarctic Circle.
1451-1506. Italy. Columbus (right photo) accidentally discovered the New World while seeking a westward Europe-to-Asia route on behalf of Spain.
1480-1521. Portugal. Though he was killed en route, his crew completed the first round-the-world voyage.
Vasco de Gama
1460-1524. Portugal. He was the first navigator to sail around Africa's southern tip to India.
1254-1324. Italy. He enlightened Europe about Asia by writing about his firsthand Asian experiences.
1540-1596. England. He discovered, charted, and claimed for England numerous Pacific and Atlantic islands.
1872-1928. Norway. He was the first human to reach the South Pole.
Unknown. China. In the year 97, this Chinese military ambassador sailed to create diplomatic ties with the Roman Empire. He reached as far as the Persian Gulf.
1454-1512. Italy. He explored and mapped the South America coast. The Americas were named in his honor.
14th century. Morocco. The century before Europe's Age of Discovery, this Arab explored North Africa and Central Asia - and wrote about his journeys.
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