25 Interesting Facts About Explorers And Exploration You Might Not Know

At the core, everyone is an explorer. We are all blessed with a certain level of curiosity and that is all that it really takes. Why did people climb Mount Everest? Why did they sail across the oceans? In many ways it was just because they could. Of course, fame and fortune potentially played a role as well, but whatever the reason, exploration has played a critical role in humanity’s development. In the past we explored our continents, then we set off across oceans and explored other continents. Today, we explore the bottoms of the oceans and the heavens above. There is always some new frontier, and although the object of our exploration has changed, we are still people and we still do things for largely the same reason…curiosity. So, lets go back in time and take a look at some of the great explorers of the past. They made a lot of mistakes and did a lot of silly things, but some of the stories are pretty incredible. Although the age of exploration was wrought with warfare, backstabbing and gold (and of course pirates!) things aren’t much different today. These are 25 Interesting Facts About Explorers And Exploration You Might Not Know!

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Much to their surprise, the first pilgrims at Plymouth Colony were greeted by a Native American in English (his name was Samoset and he had begun to learn English from fisherman along the coast)

Much to their surprise, the first pilgrims at Plymouth Colony were greeted by a native american in English (his name was Samoset and he had begun to learn English from fisherman along the coast)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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When James Cook first arrived in Hawaii the locals thought he was a god. When he came back, however, his boats had been battered by a storm, which apparently offended the natives. They subsequently killed him and ate him.

When James Cook first arrived in Hawaii the locals thought he was a god. When he came back, however, his boats had been battered by a storm, which apparently offended the natives. They subsequently killed him and ate him.Source: cracked, Image: pixabay
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Lawrence Oates, an Antarctic explorer, got gangrene and frostbite during an expedition. Knowing that his mates' lives would be in danger, he walked out into the cold, never to return.

Lawrence Oates, an Antarctic explorer, got gangrene and frostbite during an expedition. Knowing that his mates' lives would be in danger, he walked out into the cold, never to return.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Admiralty Island in Alaska is half the size of Yellowstone Park but with twice the number of grizzly bears. Early Russian explorers named the island Ostrov Kutsnoi, which translates to "fear island".

Admiralty Island in Alaska is half the size of Yellowstone Park but with twice the number of grizzly bears. Early Russian explorers named the island Ostrov Kutsnoi, which translates to "fear island".Source: nps.gov, Image: wikipedia
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Ibn Fadlan, an Arab explorer, once witnessed a Norse funeral rite where a Viking slave girl had sex with all the warriors of the tribe. She was then sacrificed to serve their fallen chief in the next life.

Ibn Fadlan, an Arab explorer, once witnessed a Norse funeral rite where a Viking slave girl had sex with all the warriors of the tribe. She was then sacrificed to serve their fallen chief in the next life.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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