Explorers and Exploration
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Captain James Cook
An excellent site with extracts from Cook's Journals, information about his life and times.
An introduction to this famous explorer, including his coat of arms and the agreements between him and the crown of Spain.
How did Christopher Columbus find his way around without radar and satellite navigation? Here you can find out about the navigation techniques he used, such as Celestial Navigation and Dead Reckoning.
A short biography of the european explorer of Africa.
Hudson's Bay Company and the Fur Trade
This site is about the fur trade in Canada and how it led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest and largest company in Canadian history: Hudson's Bay Company.
Mungo Park was sent by the 'Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior of Africa' to discover the course of the River Niger. A remarkable man who survived hardships and explored the interior of Africa when few white people had ever been there.
Another informative site about Amundsen, looking at his life and discoveries.
Arctic Dawn -- The Journeys of Samuel Hearne
Sir Francis Drake
Drake and his voyages. This is a synopsis of his circumnavigation aboard the Golden Hind. It is clearly written and a useful foundation for further studies
South Pole Exploration
People and places related to discovering the secrets of the Antarctic. A good paper to read if you want a sound background to polar exploration, written by a doctor stationed at the Amundsen-Scott Station.
Who's that explorer?
Drawings and pictures of many famous explorers and discoverers. The contents range from Queen Hatshepshut's expedition to Punt in the days of Ancient Egypt, right through to Polar explorers of the 1900's.
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