Famous Explorers - The Voyages & Explorations of European Explorers over Land and Sea
Famous European Explorers - Voyages across Land and Sea Who were the most famous European Explorers and what were their great accomplishments and achievements? A 'Who's who' list of the famous European Explorers of the Renaissance and Elizabethan era. The brave European Explorers were searching for fame, glory and wealth. They travelled across unknown land and sea. These famous European Explorers faced terrible hardships. Their voyages of discovery took them to the East of Europe to India and China and to the New World - the Americas. Click here for a full list of Famous Explorers 1400 - 1600.
The Motives of the famous European Explorers The motives of the famous European Explorers and their patrons were prompted by:
Wealth - gold, silver and spices
Increased Power in Europe
Increasing opportunities for trade
Spreading the Christian Religion
Building European Empires
The Countries of the famous European Explorers The Renaissance era saw an explosion in voyages of discovery. The European Explorers were predominantly from four countries:
The Who's Who List of famous European Explorers There were so many European Explorers during the Renaissance period it was referred to as the Age of Exploration. The following facts and information chart the voyages, explorations, major accomplishments and achievements in this list of the most famous European explorers:
Famous explorer and traveller to China, Japan and Persia
European Explorers or Pirates? The European explorers from Portugal and Spain led the early explorations. European Nations, such as England, were determined to share the opportunities offered by the exploration of the New World. If, on their voyages, the European Explorers encountered the opportunity to raid foreign European ships this would not have been greeted with disapproval from their monarchs. Thus many European Explorers also gained the reputation of being Pirates or Privateers. The Spanish were continuously harassed in the Caribbean by pirates and buccaneers who attacked the Spanish galleons which were carrying riches back to Spain. The Age of Discovery turned into the Golden Age of Piracy!
Famous Explorers - European Explorers - Voyages across Land and Sea Some interesting facts and information chart the voyages, explorations, major accomplishments, key dates and achievements of the most famous European explorers. Additional details, biography, timelines, facts, history and information about the famous European Explorers can be accessed via the Elizabethan Era Sitemap.