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Famous Explorers Quiz

The Famous Explorers Quiz

During the legendary Age of Exploration, many great individuals rose to expand the boundaries of their known world. With such a demand for new land and gold it was little wonder that so many kingdoms sent their own adventurers out to discover new places.

Though oftentimes the ethics these explorers employed in their pursuit of territory were questionable to say the least, today we make this quiz in recognition of their advancement of discovery.

Take our Famous Explorers Quiz to discover just how much you know about these famous adventurers and their deeds. 

Good Luck taking the Famous Explorers Quiz!

Instructions: Answer each question to the best of your ability. Once you select an answer, you will then find out if it correct or not. There will also be an explanation to help you learn more about history. An orange “Continue” button will appear and allow you to move to the next question.

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The explorers and conquerors known as the conquistadors were individuals who hailed from what pair of nations?
Spain and Portugal
Spain and France
England and Ireland
France and Italy

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In his legendary journey to Asia, Marco Polo was given the honor of being able to meet with what Khan ruler?
Ghengis Khan
Kublai Khan
Doxis Khan
Maniar Khan

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What was the name of the book written by Marco Polo that recounted the tales of his adventures?
From Here to There
Book of the Marvels of the World
The Traveler's Path
The Wonders our World Contains

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What explorer was the first European to actually make it into the deep United States (Georgia and Mississippi) rather than just staying at the coast?
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Hernando de Soto
Hernan Cortes
Amerigo Vespucci
Samuel de Champlain

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Hernando de Soto was the first European to cross which of the following American landmarks?
The Mississippi River
The Appalachian Mountains
The Ohio River
The Rocky Mountains

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What was the name of the first European explorer to make it to the Pacific Ocean by sailing through the Americas?
Francisco Pizarro
Vasco de Gama
Sir Francis Drake
Vasco Nunez de Balboa

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De Balboa was able to make it to the Pacific Ocean by crossing through what waterway?
The Isthmus of Panama
The Colorado River
The Amazon River
The Guatemalan Straits

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The explorer Juan Ponce de Leon was the first Governor of what land of the Americas?
Florida
Haiti
Honduras
Puerto Rico

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Even though there is no actual evidence to support such a claim, the legend surrounding Ponce de Leon insists he was exploring to look for what mythical relic?
The holy grail
The ark of the convenant
The fountain of youth
The pyramid El Dorado

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The French explorer Jacques Cartier explored and claimed what land of the American continents?
Canada
The Dominican Isles
Cuba
Brazil

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What European explorer was the first to actually make it onto the North American mainland since the Norse centuries before?
Christopher Columbus
Samuel de Champlain
Bartholomew Diaz
John Cabot

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The explorer John Cabot, though he was Venetian, sailed to America under commission by what king?
Samuel V of France
Phillip II of Spain
Henry VII of England
John II of England

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What famous Englishman was the first sea captain to complete a circumnavigation of the globe as the leader through the entire expedition?
Edwin Maller
Sir Francis Drake
Jacques Cartier
Henry Hudson

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The explorer Henry Hudson helped map much of North America but met a tragic end after he was killed in what bizarre way?
He was eaten by a bear
He was blown overboard during a storm
He was marooned after his crew mutineered his vessel
He was killed by a tribe of cannibals

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What explorer and cartographer was the first to say that Columbus's voyage actually discovered a new continent instead of reaching India?
Ferdinand Magellan
Amerigo Vespucci
Vasco de Gama
Bartholomew Diaz

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What was the first permanent European settlement in the American continents?
Belladaccio
Manche del Pisa
Roanoke
Santa Maria la Antigua del Darien

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Sir Francis Drake was also second in command of the English fleet that accomplished what impressive feat?
Defeated the Spanish armada
Discovered South America
Sailed around the southern tip of South America
Actually sailed from Europe to India

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The first known European to have reached North America was what individual?
Brando Calgieri
Nikolai Spense
Forrust Bismont
Leif Eriksson

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What did Leif Eriksson call the place he landed on in North America?
Nordland
Vinland
Sesolund
Aquland

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The conquistador known as Hernan Cortes conquered what people native to the Americas?
The Aztecs
The Iroquois
The Incas
The Cherokee

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As a reward for his efforts in conquering the New World, Cortes was given which of the following titles?
Governor of Argentina
Marquis del Valle de Oaxaca
Chief Constable of Dominica
Duke of the Spanish-American Isles

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The explorer Vasco da Gama made history by being in charge of the first voyage to sail from Europe to what other nation?
China
Japan
India
Australia

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What famous Portuguese epic recounted the tale of Vasco da Gama's voyages?
Os Lusiadas
Der Nibelungen
Castor Caspian
Trans-Atlantia

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What Portuguese Prince was regarded as one of the lead causes of the Age of Discovery?
Henry the Navigator
Wayland the Traveler
Michael the Charlitan
Gregory the Explorer

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Which of the following isn't one of the ships Columbus took on his first voyage to the new world?
Pinta
Nina
Corsair
Santa Maria

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Where did Columbus actually land when he first sailed to the Americas?
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Virginia
Venezuela
Florida
The Bahamas

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The explorer Samuel de Champlain founded which famous Canadian city in his voyages of exploration?
Quebec City
Winnipeg
Montreal
Calgary

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What famous European explorer was the first to sail to the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean?
Hernan Cortes
Prince Henry the Navigator
Bartholomew Diaz
Thomas Moore

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The explorer known as Francisco Pizarro is perhaps most notable for the fact that he conquered what people native to South America?
The Aztecs
The Incas
The Moteps
The Mayans

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What nation did Francisco Pizarro sail for when he came to America?
Italy
France
Spain
Portugal

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Pizarro served as the Governor of the land of New Castile from 1529-1541 which was in what modern day country?
Chile
Brazil
Argentina
Peru

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