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Random Explorers and Their Not-so-Random Ramblings
"I've tried to pick only one explorer of each nationality for this quiz, although some may have explored for a country other than that of their birth. I hope you enjoy playing this."
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Who was the first person of European descent to blaze an overland trail from Mexico City to what is now the coast of California?
Gilbert San Luis Rey
Fray Bernardo Capistrano
Juan Batista de Anza
Antonio Lopez Santa Anna
Who was the Spaniard who, along with a few others, became separated from the main party and had to fend for himself from Florida to Mexico City?
Lucas Vazques de Ayllon
Antoine de Cadillac
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Vasco de Gama
In the 1500's, this French explorer led three expeditions to Canada looking for the fabled "Northwest Passage". Although he didn't find the route he wanted, he did pave the way for the French to explore North America. Who is he?
Jean Baptiste Bernard de Le Harpe
In the late 1500's a Greek navigator who sailed for Spain, under a Spanish name, was looking for a passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic, rather than vice versa. He is believed to be the first European to have seen the Pacific Coast as far north as Vancouver Island. A body of water in that area is named after him. Who was he?
Juan de Fuca
Francisco Fernadez de Cordoba
Gaspar Corte Real
After hearing about the area, most likely from Bjarni Herjulfsson who had seen it, this man sailed to a hilly, forested land in the New World in about 1000. His name, please.
Eric the Red
From 1799-1805, a Prussian naturalist, along with a botanist friend, explored much of Central and South America, collecting plant, animal and mineral specimens. Who was this curious fellow, after whom a water oddity is named?
Baron von Munchausen
Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichardt
Baron Frederick von der Trenck
Baron Alexander von Humboldt
This English explorer named Puget Sound for one of his crew members. He also named Mt. Rainier, Whidbey Island and Hood Canal, all in the present state of Washington. Who can he be?
Captain George Vancouver
Sir Francis Drake
Captain John Cabot
Captain John Franklin
During the 1500's an Italian navigator, sailing for Francis I of France, also looked for a Northwest Passage. He explored from Cape Fear, North Carolina, north to the coast of Maine and points further north, while his brother, who was a map maker and who had accompanied him on the voyage, mapped the areas. There is a bridge that is now named for him in one of the areas that was mapped. Who was he?
Giovanni da Verrazzano
This man was the first American explorer in an American ship to circumnavigate the globe. He sighted and was the first to sail up a river in the Pacific Northwest that allowed the Americans to claim the Oregon Territory. A harbor in Washington state is named for him. What was his name?
John Q. Friday
Hiram H. Gig
Augustus C. Ludlow
The next explorer was a multi-lingual Canadian who, with a priest, was the first Caucasian to see the Mississippi River in 1673, leaving from what is now St. Ignace, Michigan. What was this brave man's name?
Pierre Gaultier de La Verendrye
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