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Explore the world of the explorer. From quizzes on 15th century explorers to pioneering mountaineers and 20th century adventurers, all can be found here.
73 Explorers quizzes and 1,022 Explorers trivia questions.
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To Discover New Frontiers
  To Discover New Frontiers   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
There have always been new frontiers in history. Luckily, there are brave people ready to explore those places. Let's learn a little more about ten women explorers who risked their life and reputation to discover frontiers.
Easier, 10 Qns, stephgm67, Apr 30 22
stephgm67 gold member
Apr 30 22
510 plays
Best of the Best  Explorers
  Best of the Best: Explorers   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you identify these great explorers?
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Dec 06 19
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Dec 06 19
1273 plays
Whats At The Rainbows End for These Explorers Let's learn a little more about these famous explorers from around the world and across the centuries. What were they each in search of that would be the ultimate prize? The picture clues may help!
Easier, 10 Qns, stephgm67, Jul 27 17
stephgm67 gold member
Jul 27 17
826 plays
Those Enterprising Italians
  Those Enterprising Italians!   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Sailing back and forth between Italy and ports in the Byzantine Empire while other Europeans supposedly feared falling off the earth, Italian sailors paved the way for future discovery. Can you identify these adventurers?
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 27 15
ponycargirl editor
680 plays
Best of the Best  Spanish Conquistadors
  Best of the Best: Spanish Conquistadors   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Although these Spanish soldiers may be best known for conquering areas of the New World, it must be remembered that their activities soon also led to exploration and colonization.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Nov 05 15
ponycargirl editor
683 plays
  Northward Bound   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will look at explorers who either had the North Pole or the Northwest Passage as their goal. Join me as we head north with these intrepid souls.
Average, 10 Qns, tazman6619, Jan 30 12
tazman6619 gold member
5698 plays
  Dutch Explorers   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
The Dutch were one of the leading maritime powers of the 16th to 18th centuries. Can you match each of these Dutch explorers with one of their notable accomplishments?
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Apr 27 20
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Apr 27 20
773 plays
  Famous Explorers of the World Quiz Challenge   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the famous explorers with a description of their accomplishments or areas they explored. Best of luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, Triviaballer, Mar 03 17
Triviaballer gold member
2048 plays
Navigate And Locate
  Navigate And Locate!   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
What do you know about the man who began the Age of Exploration and changed the world forever?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Mar 27 15
ponycargirl editor
1284 plays
  Random Explorers and Their Not-so-Random Ramblings   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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.
Average, 10 Qns, habitsowner, Jun 21 23
Jun 21 23
5440 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Who is credited with being the first explorer to reach the North Pole, although those claims are now held in great doubt?

From Quiz "Northward Bound"

  First to the Top Seven   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most quiz-takers can name the first person to have climbed Mount Everest, but can you name these other firsts on the top of some of the world's other famous summits?
Average, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Jan 11 22
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Jan 11 22
5715 plays
Best of the Best  Portuguese Conquistadors
  Best of the Best: Portuguese Conquistadors   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Although one initially may think of Spanish soldiers when hearing the term "conquistador", the word is also used in the Portuguese language to mean "conqueror".
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Oct 24 15
ponycargirl editor
442 plays
They Boldly Went
  They Boldly Went    
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 10 Qns
There have many brave men who decided to go where no man had gone before, or so they thought at the time. Some were successful, some were not. Here are questions about ten of these bold explorers.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Oct 15 15
821 plays
  The End of the Explorers   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
For centuries, many have explored our world and discovered new regions, but this was a very dangerous occupation. These intrepid explorers all had their adventurous activities come to an abrupt and untimely end.
Average, 15 Qns, pshelton, Apr 19 23
pshelton gold member
Apr 19 23
2123 plays
  Leading Ladies   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How many of these intrepid lady explorers and their exploits do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, Rowena8482, Dec 10 16
Rowena8482 gold member
5641 plays
  Seasoned With Salt   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I was recently lucky enough to be present at the Seafarer's Adventurous Legendary Travel Society - SALTS - and I was amazed at the speakers' tales of their deeds. Let's listen in, shall we?
Average, 10 Qns, beergirllaura, Dec 10 11
1295 plays
  Where the Winds Blow   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Four Winds have decided to dog the footsteps of some intrepid explorers who have braved wind, sand and storms to learn about the deserts of the world first hand. Cover yourselves up, hydrate and come along with us!
Average, 10 Qns, shuehorn, Jan 08 13
shuehorn gold member
5164 plays
They Never Came Back
  They Never Came Back    
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 10 Qns
Exploration can be a dangerous occupation or hobby. Here are ten people who went exploring in order to learn more, or to prove a point, and never came back.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Oct 09 23
Oct 09 23
668 plays
  Carry On Up The Amazon   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A brief look at explorers of the Amazon basin and other areas of South America.
Average, 10 Qns, Christinap, Feb 26 15
4229 plays
  Got your 'Bering'? Let's explore!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Vitus Jonassen Bering was an 18th century explorer whose name adorns the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska, among other places. How much do you know about him?
Average, 10 Qns, reedy, May 11 12
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5497 plays
  Uninvited Guests   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a sampling of explorers of the world who showed up as uninvited guests. These visits usually resulted in an exchange of knowledge and culture, but sadly, they often had catastrophic repercussions upon those who were visited.
Easier, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Jan 12 18
Jan 12 18
1736 plays
  10 Questions on Famous Explorers of the World   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is a quiz about ten of the world's most famous explorers. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, atm619, Mar 01 16
4926 plays
  Audacious African Adventurers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Okay, get your pith helmet and your elephant gun, we're going on an African safari "through the ages". The first explorers of this continent had to be brave souls - are you adventurous enough to take this quiz?
Average, 10 Qns, Jakeroo, Feb 05 12
4785 plays
  Old Fires/New Frontiers   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Meet the new world explorers, enterprising and curious individuals who use science and technology to bring new eyes and understanding to an old world.
Easier, 10 Qns, pollucci19, Sep 01 19
pollucci19 gold member
Sep 01 19
482 plays
  Who's Who: Exploring the Cape of Good Hope   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Located about forty-four miles south of Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope was first discovered by Europeans in 1488 and became part of an important trade route to the East. See if you can match the clues given with each explorer.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 10 18
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Apr 10 18
661 plays
  The New Old   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Explorers aren't confined to the history books. This quiz is about the scientists working with National Geographic who are exploring and making new discoveries about the Ancient World.
Easier, 10 Qns, jcpetersen, Oct 23 15
667 plays
  Lesser Known Explorers   popular trivia quiz  
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 10 Qns
Match these lesser known explorers to place he or she explored and when he or she traveled there.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 20 17
Joepetz gold member
May 20 17
1211 plays
  Famous Explorers - Who am I?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about ten random explorers. Do you know who they are based on the clue that is given to you?
Easier, 10 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, Feb 27 16
Ilona_Ritter gold member
816 plays
  Exploration Analogies   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A collection of analogies involving explorers. Confused? It works like this, North Pole is to Peary as the South Pole is to whom? Amundsen.
Average, 10 Qns, quogequox, Jun 11 23
Jun 11 23
2667 plays
Ridin Down the Canyon
  Ridin' Down the Canyon    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz focuses on John Wesley Powell and his 1869 expedition on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
Average, 10 Qns, bernie73, Jan 15 20
bernie73 gold member
Jan 15 20
175 plays
  Circumnavigation   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Circumnavigation - 'the action of travelling all the way around something'. Can you match the circumnavigators in this quiz to a brief description of what each of them achieved?
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Nov 05 17
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Nov 05 17
460 plays
  Exploring Explorers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This all multiple-choice quiz deals with ten of history's most famous adventurers.
Average, 10 Qns, sportcon, Mar 03 22
Mar 03 22
5954 plays
  Beyond the Sea    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the explorer to the body of water that he is famous for exploring - from the seas, rivers, lakes and beyond.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Feb 14 19
Joepetz gold member
Feb 14 19
343 plays
  The Longest Journey   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
People have explored for millenia, usually with a view to finding new opportunities to exploit. This quiz asks you to match the European 'explorer' who was first to achieve the journey, and discover or land on the land concerned.
Average, 10 Qns, suomy, Jun 04 19
Jun 04 19
372 plays
  Explorers Though Time   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
A tribute to the first ones to arrive...
Tough, 20 Qns, qazuhb, May 30 14
3292 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As Rod Stewart might have sung: "They were sailing, 'cross the ocean". What do you know about the following sailors, explorers and ship travellers?
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 19 19
JanIQ gold member
Nov 19 19
304 plays
  I Didn't Not Do It...   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These European explorers often did not do what they set out to do. But sometimes they didn't not do--they did. Identify these explorers based on what they did and didn't do.
Average, 10 Qns, nannywoo, Mar 31 23
nannywoo gold member
Mar 31 23
622 plays
  Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone were both famous U.S. frontiersmen and explorers. Although they were born over fifty years a part, they both became folk heroes in American lore. They had some similarities that causes people to sometimes confuse the two. T
Average, 10 Qns, bigwoo, Oct 17 21
bigwoo gold member
Oct 17 21
413 plays
  Wish You Were Here   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Identify these famous explorers by the postcards they sent home to their loved ones. It's as easy as....circumnavigating the globe! Good Luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, ks_sweet_pea, Dec 13 15
899 plays
  All I Need is a Tall Ship    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
If you consider Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, or Vasco da Gama the greatest seafarer in history, there's a good reason - you've never heard of Zheng He.
Average, 15 Qns, illiniman14, May 13 16
illiniman14 gold member
377 plays
  9 for 10 - Explorers    
Multiple Choice
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Ten questions about explorers. If you get the right answers to the first nine questions, the initial letter of each answer will spell the answer to the last question.
Tough, 10 Qns, minch, Mar 29 16
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2954 plays
  Is There Anybody Out There?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I am sorry to disappoint anyone who came here expecting a quiz about Pink Floyd: perhaps another day.
Tough, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Oct 23 15
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401 plays
  Well, You're the Mountain Man    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's to some of the men that have conquered Earth's mountains. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Triviaballer, Jan 15 19
Triviaballer gold member
Jan 15 19
208 plays
  Sailing - over the briny and not so briny...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is about sailors who may or may not be explorers, too. These people come from all nationalities and go all different places. Let's see if you can keep up with them.
Average, 10 Qns, habitsowner, Mar 17 14
397 plays
  Canada Explored    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What do you know about the men in the Age of Discovery who explored the Great White North?
Average, 10 Qns, reedy, Dec 08 17
reedy gold member
Dec 08 17
1129 plays
  George De Long in the Kingdom of Ice   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In the 1870s, George De Long set out in the USS Jeannette to find the North Pole. He did not succeed. All information was taken from "In the Kingdom of Ice" by Hampton Sides.
Average, 10 Qns, Caseena, Apr 26 18
Apr 26 18
103 plays
  Famous Pioneers and Their Journeys   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some famous trips throughout history.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Jan 10 22
Jan 10 22
4180 plays
  Explorers Who Shouldn't Have Left Home   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of those who go out to adventure/ Their actions I most certainly censure/ That you could be killed/ Does not leave me thrilled/ I'll stay home, grow old, and get dementia. -- What do you know about explorers who shouldn't have left home?
Tough, 10 Qns, casey317, Nov 27 09
634 plays
  Dr. Livingstone, I presume?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In October 1871, the immortal "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" was uttered by Stanley, upon finding the lost David Livingstone. He is now one of history's best known explorers. This quiz is about some of the brave people who explored the globe.
Average, 10 Qns, jglane, Jul 11 16
466 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The daring people who convinced themselves that the world is round.
Average, 10 Qns, Mr5, Jun 09 23
Jun 09 23
1484 plays
  You Didn't Want to do That   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We all admire those intrepid explorers but this is a quiz on those that made mistakes, errors or a misjudgement.
Average, 10 Qns, ClaudiaCat, Jul 08 16
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457 plays
  Odd Bits about Explorers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Explorers have to be a little odd in order to venture into unknown and dangerous situations, but their oddity is of a kind we respect. How many odd bits do you know about the 10 explorers in this quiz? (Third in a series of odd bit quizzes).
Difficult, 10 Qns, NormanW5, Aug 26 22
Aug 26 22
449 plays
  Explorers of the New World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a quiz to see if you can identify some of the early explorers of the North American continent. Have fun!
Difficult, 10 Qns, mkp51, Jan 21 13
1739 plays
  Discoverers of New Lands    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Since the beginning of time there have been many explorers in world history, famous for discovering new lands. How many of these can you remember from your school days?
Average, 10 Qns, aaronjunior, Jul 26 14
669 plays
  Meet 70 Explorers - Part 1, Amundsen to Bonington    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz has been inspired by reading 'Explorers' Sketchbooks - The Art of Discovery & Adventure' with one question for each of the 70 explorers in this book. Part One is for the first 10. individuals in this book.
Average, 10 Qns, MalStone, Mar 12 19
MalStone gold member
Mar 12 19
162 plays
  Explorers Of The World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Yeah sure, we all know the history of North and South America, but how much do you know about the Europeans who 'discovered' them and started colonization?
Tough, 10 Qns, TheJay, Dec 11 12
2641 plays
  Great Explorers and Navigators 1400-1600    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
In this quiz I will ask you about some great explorers and navigators from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Tough, 15 Qns, author, Mar 03 17
1222 plays

Explorers Trivia Questions

1. Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone? Which man died at the Alamo?

From Quiz
Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone?

Answer: Davy Crockett

Most historians believe Crockett died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836. However, there are conflicting accounts on how he died. Some believe he died fighting off the enemy while making a courageous last stand. Others say he and the other surviving fellow fighters surrendered and were executed. Crockett was 49 years old when he died.

2. Which Carthaginian sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar and on southwards to the African coast?

From Quiz Sailing

Answer: Hanno the Navigator

Hanno wrote down the account of his voyage, and this tablet was transcribed many times. Scientists from the 20th century have discovered many factual errors in the report, but they may have been inserted intentionally to keep the Carthaginian discoveries a secret. Hanno lived in the 6th or 5th century BC, possibly around the time of the Greek-Persian Wars. According to his report, he sailed with 60 ships and reached at the end of his journey a mountain where fierce hirsute people lived - Hanno called these "gorillas". Some scientists later identified this mountain as Mount Cameroon in the eponymous Central-African country. Around the same time as Hanno sailed south, a compatriot of his sailed north via the Portuguese and Spanish coasts up to the English Channel. This compatriot was Himilco. Euthymenes of Massilia was a Greek explorer who, like Hanno, followed the African coast from Morocco southwards. Probably Euthymenes made it to the mouth of the river Senegal. Scylax started about 500 BC a sailing expedition of which the details are unclear. Probably he started on the Kabul river (nowadays Afghanistan), turned south at the Indus and then west across the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea.

3. Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) - Famous for being the leader of the first team to reach the South Pole (1911), what other first did Amundsen achieve (1903-1906)?

From Quiz Meet 70 Explorers - Part 1, Amundsen to Bonington

Answer: Navigation of North West passage.

As a child Amundsen was inspired by the story of the Franklin expedition in search of the North West passage. In 1903 Amundsen left Oslo in his sloop Gjoa, finally arriving at Nome, Alaska in September 1906, thus being the first to succeed at navigating the North West passage.

4. Earth's tallest mountain, Mount Everest -- Which mountain man nicknamed 'The Snow Leopard' made 10 successful ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen between 1983 and 1996?

From Quiz Well, You're the Mountain Man

Answer: Ang Rita

A member of the Sherpa ethnic group, Ang Rita was born in Nepal in 1948. He was the first person to summit Mount Everest 10 times and incredibly he did not use supplemental oxygen for any of those ascents. A fellow Nepalese mountain man, Kami Rita Sherpa, became the first person to summit Mount Everest 22 times when he completed his 22nd ascent in May 2018.

5. James Bennett Jr. purchased a ship for the De Long Arctic expedition, which was renamed the Jeannette. What was its previous name? (Hint: it has some negative connotations.)

From Quiz George De Long in the Kingdom of Ice

Answer: Pandora

Many sailors thought it was bad luck to rename a ship, but Bennett thought that this ship should have a better name than Pandora, the unlucky woman of Greek myth. It was rechristened Jeannette after Bennett's sister.

6. Lee R. Berger is an American paleoanthropologist raised in the southern state of Georgia. He has done extensive exploration in which African country at sites like Malapa and Sterkfontein?

From Quiz Old Fires/New Frontiers

Answer: South Africa

Berger graduated from Southern Georgia University in 1989 and then moved to South Africa to study palaeoanthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand ('Wits') in South Africa on the doctoral level. He remained in South Africa after gaining his doctorate and remained attached to Wits. At Malapa, he discovered an Australopithecus sediba type site. This is his most noteworthy discovery. He led the Rising Star Expedition which involved the excavation of Homo naledi in the cave system. He has also led excavations at Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, and Gladysvale. Berger is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and has been a very public persona in palaeoanthropology. In 2016, he was named one of the "100 most influential people" by "Time" magazine. This question was dug up by Phoenix Rising member tazman6619.

7. This explorer is well known as the discoverer of eastern Australia who later unfortunately met his death in Hawaii. Who was he?

From Quiz You Didn't Want to do That

Answer: James Cook

Captain James Cook is known for his circumnavigation of New Zealand and his discovery of Botany Bay. Cook made three global navigations of the world and was involved in the exploration of Newfoundland, St Lawrence River, New Zealand, eastern Australia and finally Hawaii. Unfortunately, in Hawaii Cook met his death.

8. One of the earliest pieces of gold jewelry found in the Americas was a 4,000 year old gold necklace discovered by archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer in the Lake Titicaca basin. In what countries is Lake Titicaca located?

From Quiz The New Old

Answer: Peru and Bolivia

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America, at least by volume. Lake Maracaibo has more surface area, but can be considered a bay due to its connection to the sea (the Caribbean Sea, specifically the Gulf of Venezuela). Mark Aldenderfer (b.1950) has done significant work in the field of high-altitude adaptation, with research in the Andes and Himalayas.

9. Hanno the Navigator explored the west coast of Africa in the 5th or 6th century B.C. Which state sent him on this voyage of discovery?

From Quiz Is There Anybody Out There?

Answer: Carthage

Hanno the Navigator led a fleet of 60 Carthaginian ships through the Straits of Gibraltar and down the coast of northwest Africa. Hanno famously encountered a tribe of "hirsute and savage people" whom he called 'Gorillai'. More than 2,000 years later, when Europeans first came across gorillas, it was thought that they were the same tribe described by Hanno, and thus were mankind's close relatives named.

10. Although John W. Powell didn't sail the briny sea, he is known for having sailed and explored another waterway. Which river, with rocks and rapids, did Powell explore?

From Quiz Sailing - over the briny and not so briny...

Answer: Colorado River

John Wesley Powell, born in March 1834 in New York state, was not only a soldier and a geologist, but was also an explorer of the western areas of the US. He later was the second director of the US Geological Survey and then the director of the Bureau of Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institute. Powell sailed from the Green River in Wyoming to the Colorado (which was then sometimes still known as the Grand) and on through the Grand Canyon, which was the first known expedition through the Canyon. He named Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, a man-made lake of the Colorado, was named after him. Lake Powell is the second largest reservoir in the US, next to Lake Mead in Nevada. For a man with only one arm, most of his right arm having been shot off during the Civil War, he did a lot of traveling and exploration of the West.

11. Which Carthaginian explored the west coast of Africa, perhaps as far as Cameroon, in around 500 B.C. and had a nickname the same as a famous Portuguese Prince?

From Quiz Audacious African Adventurers

Answer: Hanno the Navigator

The record of Hanno II of Carthage, known as Hanno the Navigator, is found in the "Periplus of Hanno the Navigator" and was transcribed from earlier copies late in the first millennium. Around 500 B.C. Hanno explored the northern and western coasts of Africa, replenishing known settlements near the Atlas Mountains and forming new ones as he went. He wrote detailed notes (a "novel" idea for the time period) which included distances and landmarks. Some of his notes described encounters with active volcanoes and the first known written report of gorillas.

12. The lesser known British explorer, Bertram Thomas, has the distinction of being the first documented Westerner to cross the Arabian desert known as the Empty Quarter. What is the native Arabic name of this large sand desert?

From Quiz Where the Winds Blow

Answer: Rub' al Khali

Bertram Thomas was posted to various countries including Mesopotamia (as Iraq was then called) and Transjordan (now known as Jordan) in his capacity as an English civil servant. He was later appointed to the post of Finance Minister to the Sultan of Oman. While serving in this role, he became the first Westerner to cross the Rub' al Khali in 1930-31. He wrote a book entitled "Arabia Felix" documenting his journey across the Empty Quarter along with descriptions of the desert's fauna and the culture of the people living there.

13. Who was the first person of European descent to blaze an overland trail from Mexico City to what is now the coast of California?

From Quiz Random Explorers and Their Not-so-Random Ramblings

Answer: Juan Batista de Anza

Born in Mexico, De Anza found a corridor through the Sonoran desert, a bleak, desolate place, to what was then called New Albion, the northern coast of California. He founded the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. There is a De Anza Springs and a De Anza College in California.

14. After losing the 1912 election which former President of America undertook an exploration of South America?

From Quiz Carry On Up The Amazon

Answer: Theodore Roosevelt

President Roosevelt decided not to run for re-election in 1908, instead endorsing William Taft as his successor. By 1912 he had fallen out with Taft and ran against him for the nomination. When he failed to secure it he decided to form the Bull Moose Party and ran as a third candidate. He came second in the election, beating Taft, but lost to Woodrow Wilson. Following his defeat, he decided to mount a South American exploration expedition. Whilst on this he contracted malaria, which left his health damaged. He died at the age of 60. Question by Christinap

15. Vitus Bering was born in 1681 and began sailing as an officer with the Russian Navy in 1703. What was his country of origin?

From Quiz Got your 'Bering'? Let's explore!

Answer: Denmark

Bering was born on 12th August, 1681 to Jonas Svendsen Halmstad and Anne Pedersdatter Bering in Horsens, Denmark. Horsens is located in East Jutland at the end of the Horsens fjord. It lies approximately 200 kilometers from Copenhagen.

16. Beginning in Europe (in its traditional boundaries), which duo managed the first documented ascent of Mont Blanc?

From Quiz First to the Top Seven

Answer: Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard

Based on a challenge by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, a Swiss physicist and alpine traveller, the first successful Mont Blanc climb also marks the beginning of modern mountain climbing. In fact, one year before the first successful climb, de Saussure made a promising attempt of his own but had to abandon the expedition. Balmat and Paccard made it to the summit in 1786. Although the highest mountain that is undisputedly in Europe, Mont Blanc is not counted as part of the Seven Summits in any version of the list. However, due to its moderate difficulty and relative fame among mountaineers, it is almost inevitably a part of any Seven Summit conqueror's climbing career.

17. This Lady explorer had a very vivid imagination, and, after living in the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra for some years, believed herself to be the Queen of the Desert. She eventually died in Lebanon, in 1839. Who was she?

From Quiz Leading Ladies

Answer: Hester Stanhope

Lady Hester was the official hostess for, and secretary to, her uncle, the British Prime Minister Pitt the Younger. After his retirement, she was pensioned off, and used this money to go and "see the world". She eventually found her way to the Middle East where she ended her days amid her delusions of grandeur. Rowena8482 sometimes wishes she could live in a palace, but only one with an extensive room service menu!

18. What was the name of the famous road travelled by Marco Polo?

From Quiz Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

Answer: The Silk Road

Marco Polo, a merchant from the Venetian Republic, is widely regarded as having introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China through his work "Il Milione" (or "Books of the Marvels of the World"). His travels along the Silk Road marked one of the earliest expeditions along this path by an European. Modern visitors to Venice are still reminded of the explorer's link with the city upon arrival in the Marco Polo International Airport.

19. Zheng He lived at the perfect time in Chinese history to be suited for overseas exploration. Born in 1371, he was only 3 years younger than what long-spanning dynasty that would last until the mid-1600s?

From Quiz All I Need is a Tall Ship

Answer: Ming Dynasty

In the early years of the Ming Dynasty, China was actually actively trying to expand its power over nearby states. This was great news for potential seafarers, as China was easily the most powerful nation in the region and had plenty of resources to support a navy. Unfortunately, in the late 1400s the country turned inward, restricted ship size, frowned upon foreign trade, and tried to get rid of historical documentation of Admiral Zheng's voyages.

20. Robert Burke had a win then tragedy. He Led men from south to north - sea to sea Cross Oz he blazed the track But only made it half way back Name the man who became Burke's two I. C.

From Quiz Explorers Who Shouldn't Have Left Home

Answer: William John Wills

William John Wills (1834-1861), a surveyor, was promoted to second-in-charge (during the journey) of the Australian expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Reaching Cooper Creek Qld., an approximate half-way point, a major camp was established. On December 16 1860 only Burke, Wills, Gray and King set out for the Gulf. They reached the Gulf area in mid-February 1861 but the return trip was tough with Gray dying on 16 April 1861. On the 21st April the other three just made the half-way camp. They were in very poor condition. Tragically the explorers who had waited for them had left for the south only nine hours before they arrived. Burke and Wills died there in late June 1861. King survived with Aboriginal assistance until found by a search party months later.

21. Which explorer named the Pacific Ocean?

From Quiz Famous Explorers of the World

Answer: Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Phillippines while fighting in a local war. Only 18 members of his crew completed the voyage and returned home.

22. 1487: This Portuguese explorer rounded the Cape of Good Hope.

From Quiz Great Explorers and Navigators 1400-1600

Answer: Bartholomeu Dias

Bartholomeu Dias called the place Cabo das Tormentas, "Storm Point". His journey ended at Great Fish River, where the crew forced him to turn. He drowned off the Cape of Good Hope as a member of an expedition led by Pedro Cabral.

23. Henri Mouhot is to Angkor Wat as Hiram Bingham is to what?

From Quiz Exploration Analogies

Answer: Machu Picchu

Henri Mouhot rediscovered the ruins of Angkor Wat deep in the Cambodian jungle in 1860. Hiram Bingham found what the conquistadors could not in 1911. The Yale professor found the ruins half cleared by the local farmers already.

24. Charles Lindbergh made one of the most famous trips of all time: across the Atlantic by air. Where did he land?

From Quiz Famous Pioneers and Their Journeys

Answer: Paris

"Lucky Lindy" was an instant hero, but his luck went sour. His son was kidnapped. His star tarnished later when he was somewhat "friendly" to Nazi Germany.

25. This man was a French navigator and explorer who mapped much of northeastern North America. He also founded Quebec City.

From Quiz Canada Explored

Answer: Samuel de Champlain

His name is also remembered in Lake Champlain, which he explored in 1609.

26. The step-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, he sailed from England in 1583 and explored the eastern coastlines of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in Canada:

From Quiz Explorers of the New World

Answer: Sir Humphrey Gilbert

Sir Humphrey Gilbert died on his return from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, when his ship the "Squirrel" sank near the Azores in the eastern Atlantic.

27. This Italian explorer visited the north coast of South America at the end of the fifteenth century. The American continent was named for him. Who was he?

From Quiz 9 for 10 - Explorers

Answer: Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci claimed to have discovered the Americas before any other explorer. This is open to dispute. However he did explore the north coast of South America in 1499 and 1500.

28. By the early 19th century, many societies of Britain and France offered fantastic financial rewards to the first European to return with corroborative reports of a fabled Saharan 'Golden City' known as:

From Quiz Explorers Though Time

Answer: Timbuktu

All explorers that arrived there were disappointed by the sleepy and thirsty Timbuktu or Tombouctou, the 'Queen of the Desert'. Both Augila and Garama were mysterious ancient cities of the Sahara, known to the Romans but extinct at the 19th century. Zimbabwe is another 'lost city', capital in southern Africa.

29. Which Portuguese explorer set up a school of navigation in the 1400s and sponsored exploratory voyages to Africa and the New World?

From Quiz Explorers Of The World

Answer: Prince Henry

Prince Henry earned the nickname, 'Henry the Navigator'. He died in 1460.

30. What English navigator in the Endeavour carried the Royal Society expedition to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus across the sun in the late 1760's?

From Quiz Exploring Explorers

Answer: James Cook

On Cook's third voyage to the Pacific in 1779 he was killed by natives in Hawaii. Cook is responsible for the discovery of several Pacific island groups.

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