Famous Explorers

Famous Explorers

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Alexander Mackenzie

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(1764-1820), CROSSING CANADA BY LAND Loyalist Alexander Mackenzie mounts two long and difficult explorations in his search for a water route to the West. "Why?" asks his cousin Roderick. "Furs, man, furs!" replies Mackenzie.

Captain James Cook

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(1728-1779), EXPLORING FROM CANADA TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Three sailors, a clerk, and a mate watch from the ship as Captain James Cook is murdered by natives in the Hawaiian Islands. 

Champlain

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(1567-1635), THE FATHER OF NEW FRANCE

Champlain is on his way to prison, accompanied by a Frenchman, an Englishman, an Indian, and a guard. Champlain has crossed the ocean over twenty times, and his travelling companions are eager to hear his stories.

Christopher Columbus

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(1451-1506) DISCOVERER OF A NEW WORLD

Christopher Columbus, back in Spain after his long and famous voyage, visits a monastery to thank the monk for his prayers. 

Jacques Cartier

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(1491-1557), Searching for a Water Route to China

Back in France, Jacques Cartier meets a friend on the street who asks Jacques where he has been for the last three years.

LA SALLE

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1634-1687), TAMING THE MISSISSIPPI A French hunter, settler, and carpenter complain about the miserable time they are having as would-be settlers in La Salle's expedition. They make plans to kill LaSalle, take his supplies, and continue on their own.

Lewis and Clark

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(1480-1521), EXPLORERS OF THE AMERICAN WEST

Inspired by "Voyages from Montreal" by Canadian Alexander Mackenzie. Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, sends a team of explorers into America's wild west.

Lief Ericsson

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(Approx. 960-1020), VIKING DISCOVERER OF NORTH AMERICA Leif Ericsson became a favorite of the Norwegian king. He discovered three lands: Helluland, Markland, and Vinland. Many believe the new land was North America!

Magellan

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(1480-1521), CIRCUMNAVIGATOR OF THE GLOBE

Lack of wind, ice, starvation, native attacks, murder, and mutiny colour the journey. Magellan does not survive the journey, but has named the Pacific ocean and his fleet has circumnavigated the globe.

Marco Polo

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(1254-1324), CHINA ADVENTURER AND AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

Marco Polo has been captured and thrown into jail. He sits in his cell with writer, Rustichello, telling of his incredible experiences in China. All the world wants to know about the wealth and wonder of the East.

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