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Kids and Teens Biography Explorers


Alonso de Ojeda, the Explorer  - Excerpt from a 19th century history text tells the story of this Spanish explorer of North America.

Australian Explorers  - Provides detailed accounts of the men who explored and mapped the continent of Austrailia. Designed especially for elementary school students.

Discoverers Web: Alphabetical List  - Links to information on the lives of dozens of explorers.

Discovery School's Exploration Station  - Collection of articles based on World Book Encyclopedia, tell about the most famous Europeans who set sail for new lands during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Early Explorers of California - Features short biographies of five of the first explorers of California.

The Electronic Passport to David Livingstone - Short, illustrated biography created for middle school students.

Explorer Poems - A fifth grade class shares the poems they wrote about the lives of famous explorers.

Explorers  - Fifth- and sixth-year students answer common questions about the lives of well-known explorers.

Explorers: Can You Identify Them?  - Slide show includes facts about the lives of more than two dozen explorers.

Explorers of the Millennium - Fourth and fifth grade students offer short biographies of great explorers.

Famous Hispanics: Vasco Núñez de Balboa - Short biography of the first European to see the eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Forbidden Territory @ nationalgeographic.com - A glimpse into the lives of African explorers David Livingstone and Henry Morten Stanley.

James Cook  - Slide show created by fifth graders outlines major events in the life of James Cook.

The Journies and Expeditions of Marquette, Drake, Columbus, Cortez, and DeSoto - Middle school students tell the stories of five men who explored North America. Each story is illustrated with original drawings.

MMBC Exploration: Explorer Biographies - Brief biographies and portraits of Europeans who explored the Northwest coast.

New World Explorers - A fifth grade class relates the stories of the men who discovered the New World.

Pomp - The True Story of the Baby on the Sacagawea Dollar - This e-book tells the story of the baby born on the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition who would grow up to explore the American West.

Student Explorer Reports - A collection of short reports on various explorers. Written by fifth graders.

Taking on the World: European Explorers [- Features short biographies of the best-known European explorers.

Voyage of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons  - Leads visitors on a journey through the past centuries looking at the explorers, the dangers they faced, where they went, and their motivations for exploration. In English and Dutch.

Who Goes There: European Exploration of the New World  - Recounts the stories of famous Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French explorers.

Who Was Ponce de Leon?  - A biography of the Spanish explorer of the New World

Zoom Explorers  - Brief biographies of men and women who have explored the earth and skies.

About Admiral Richard E. Byrd - A timeline and short biography of Byrd's life.

The American Experience: Alone on the Ice - PBS site tells of Richard Byrd's 1934 ordeal within Antarctica's interior.

Antarctic Explorers: Richard E. Byrd - Lengthy biography with details of Byrd's Antarctic expeditions.

infoplease.com: Byrd, Richard - Encyclopedia article geared toward elementary school students.

Richard E. Byrd - Short biography written by fourth and fifth grade students.

Richard E. Byrd - Article from Britannica.com covering Byrd's life and accomplishments

The Explorers: John Cabot and his Son Sebastian - A short biography of the father and son.

How the West Was Found: John Cabot - Slide show outlines major events in the life of the elder Cabot.

John and Sebastian Cabot - Tells about the Italian father and son who led English ships on voyages of discovery during Tudor times.

John Cabot - Illustrated page created by students traces Cabot's route and identifies his accomplishments.

John Cabot - Examines Cabot's discovery of Newfoundland.

John Cabot - Provides a brief biography of Cabot's life along with a listing of his greatest accomplishments.

John Cabot - A fifth-grader's research project on the life and times of this Italian explorer who sailed to Newfoundland.

John Cabot: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage - Tells about John Cabot's life and voyages.

John Cabot: Voyage to North America - First-hand excerpts regarding Cabot's voyages, from the Modern History Sourcebook.

Sebastian Cabot: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage - Tells about the life and voyages of Sebastian Cabot.

The Virtual Museum of New-France: Jacques Cartier   - In-depth illustrated feature on Cartier's explorations.

Cartier, Jacques - Encarta Encyclopedia article tells about Cartier's life and accomplishments.

Cartier, Jacques - Britannica.com - Short article from Encylopeadia Britannica Online.

Discoverers Web: Jacques Cartier - Article focuses on Cartier's voyages and time in the New World.

Discovery School A-to-Z History: Cartier, Jacques - Short overview of Cartier's life. Based on World Book Encyclopedia.

Jacques Cartier - Brief summary of Cartier's life.

Jacques Cartier - Brief biography written especially for students includes sketch.

Jacques Cartier, Explorer - Excerpt from a 19th century history text tells the story of this French explorer of North America.

The Voyages of Jacques Cartier - Short biography from The Mariners' Museum highlights Cartier's accomplishments

The Virtual Museum of New-France: Samuel de Champlain  - Illustrated features examines Champlain's life and his roles as a geographer and builder of a colony.

Champlain, Samuel de - Encarta Encyclopedia article provides in-depth informationm about Champlain's life, his voyages, and his discoveries.

infoplease.com: Champlain, Samuel de - A brief biography written for younger web surfers.

Modern History Sourcebook: The Foundation of Quebec, 1608 - Excerpt from Champlain's journal relates one of the explorer's greatest accomplishments. Translated into English.

Samuel de Champlain - Student project gives basic facts of Champlain's life.

Samuel de Champlain - Brief biography with sketch focuses on Champlain's greatest accomplishments.

Samuel de Champlain - Short, simple biographical sketch of the explorer.

Christopher Columbus - National Maritime Museum fact file answers common questions about Columbus's life.

Christopher Columbus - Includes short biography and list of major accomplishments.

Christopher Columbus - Short biography from Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time.

Christopher Columbus - Illustrated page created by students tells about the first man since the Vikings to "discover" the New World.

Christopher Columbus Biography - Excerpt from a classic history text published in the early 1900s.

Christopher Columbus: The Admiral of the Ocean Sea - Middle school students wrote and illustrated this story-like biography.

A Christopher Columbus Timeline - Lists key events in the life of this explorer.

European Explorers: Christopher - A list of links to web pages related to Christopher Columbus. Designed for fifth and sixth grade students.

European Voyages of Exploration: Christopher Columbus - Detailed information about Columbus's voyages. Includes excerpts from his journal.

The Explorations of Christopher Columbus - Brief biography from The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, Virginia.

Extracts from Columbus's Journal - Selected passages from the journal of Columbus's voyage of 1492. From the Medieval Sourcebook.

The True Story of Christopher Columbus, Called the Great Admiral - Complete text of a classic biography of Columbus written especially for young people.

Christopher Columbus - A Culinary History - What did Columbus and his men eat? What did the Indians of the Americas eat?

Columbus Day - Timeline shows how Columbus Day became a U.S. national holiday.

Columbus Day, Dia de la Raza, Native American Day - Holidays and festivals, Columbus Day, Dia de la Raza, Native American Day.

Columbus Day for Kids - Picture and activities kids can do to celebrate Columbus Day.

Columbus Day Geography QuiZ
- Interactive puzzle can almost be e-mailed as a holiday greeting.

Columbus Day (Second Monday in October) - Why Columbus sailed and why Americans celebrate the voyage.

Columbus Day Themes and Activities for Kids - Activities suitable for young children in home, preschool, or daycare environment.

Columbus Day Word Search Puzzle - Find words having to do with Columbus Day spelled out in this word search puzzle.

The Columbus Landfall Homepage - Just where did Columbus first see the New World?

Columbus's Ships - All about the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Emily's Holiday Haven-Columbus Day - Includes holiday history, wallpaper, clip art, printable coloring pages, and online greetings

Antarctic Explorers: James Cook - Biography of the explorer with details of his Southern Ocean voyages.

Biography of Captain James Cook - Links to extracts from his "A Voyage To The Pacific Ocean," brief biographical information, and links to other sites profiling James Cook.

Captain Cook - The National Maritime Museum answers common questions about Cook's life and his explorations.

Captain James Cook - British Navigator and Explorer - Short biography, sketch, and related links.

Captain James Cook: An Original Biography by Nathan Kerl - Detailed biography also includes pictures and family tree.

Cook, James - Article from Encarta Encyclopedia provides an overview of Cook's life and accomplishments.

European Explorers: James Cook - Presents links to pages suitable for fifth and sixth graders. Includes description of each site.

The Hunterian Museum: Captain Cook - Short biography and silhouette from the University of Glasgow.

James Cook: A British Explorer - A student's illustrated report on Cook's life.

The Mariners' Museum: James Cook - Offers short summary of Cook's life.

MMBC Exploration: The Death of Captain Cook - Describes the clash with natives that ended in Cook's death.

A Very Brief Life of James Cook - Includes biography, timeline, and a portrait.

Voyages of Discovery - The Life of Captain James Cook - The story of Cook's life and voyages. Includes portrait and excerpts from Cook's logs.

Cortés in Tenochtitlán - Printable worksheet includes a translation of Cortez's writings and comprehension questions.

European Explorers: Hernando Cortes - Collection of links related to the life of Hernando Cortes. All are suitable for fifth and sixth grade students.

European Voyages of Exploration: Aztec Empire - Explores how Cortez conquered the Aztec people.

Famous Hispanics: Hernán Cortés - Features a short biographical sketch of the conqueror.

Hernando CorteZ
- A short list of facts about the explorer's life.

Hernando CorteZ
- A short illustrated history of Cortez's conquests.

Hernando Cortez 101 - Provides basic facts related to the life and expeditions of Cortez.

Who is Hernando Cortez? - Excerpt from a 19th century history text discusses the famous Spanish explorer of Central America.

European Explorers: Vasco de Gama - A collection of links to scholarly sites suitable for fifth and sixth graders.

Gama, Vasco da - Article from an Encarta Encyclopedia provides an overview of da Gama's life.

Vasco da Gama - A simple but thorough biography of da Gama's life written by students for students.

Vasco da Gama - Brief biography with sketch.

Vasco da Gama - A student-written history of da Gama's life and voyages. Includes a slideshow that highlights his major accomplishments.

Vasco Da Gama: 1498 - Short biography of da Gama emphasizes his arrival in India.

Vasco da Gama--First Man to Sail to India - Simple account of da Gama's life and voyages. Includes sketches and maps.

Vasco da Gama's Maritime Voyage to India 8 July 1497 - Illustrated story of da Gama's life and the world in which he lived.

Vasco da Gamma Seeks Sea Route to India - A story-like account of da Gama's voyages.

De Soto, Hernando - Article from Encarta Encyclopedia provides an overview of De Soto's life.

Hernando De Soto 101 - Short history of de Soto's life.

Hernando De Soto Biography - Basic overview from the 1902 history book "The Great Republic."

Hernando de Soto, Exploration Through Oklahoma - Describes de Soto's final venture into the unknown.

Who is Hernando de Soto? - A comprehensive biography of the great Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto.

Drake, Sir Francis - Short article from Encarta Encyclopedia provides basic information about Drake's life.

Francis Drake - National Maritime Museum fact file answers common questions about Drake's life.

Francis Drake: Kids and Teachers' Section - Includes reports two fourth-graders wrote about Drake's life, paintings, drawings, and a map of his journey around the world.

The Mariners' Museum: Sir Francis Drake - A short history of Drake's life.

Modern History Sourcebook: Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Round The World, 1580 - Francis Pretty, one of the men who sailed with Drake, writes of their voyage around the world.

Pirates!: Sir Francis Drake - A fun account of Drake's life and adventures on the high seas.

Sir Francis Drake - Illustrated page created by students provides an overview of Drake's entire life.

Sir Francis Drake - An account of Drake's voyages written especially for students.

Who is Sir Francis Drake? - Excerpt from a 19th century history text tells the story of this English navigator who sailed round the world.

Ericson, Leif - Article from Compton's Encyclopedia tells about Ericson's life.

Eriksson, Leif - This article from Encarta Encyclopedia provides basic information about Ericksson's life.

Leif Ericson - An illustrated history of Ericson's life written by a student for students.

Leif Ericson - A student tells the story of Ericson's early life.

Leif Ericson - A student from Taiwan writes about the first European to set foot on North America.

Leif Erikson - In-depth account of the first European to set foot in the New World.

Leif Erikson - Essay looks at Erikson's life before his voyage, his journey to the New World, and the time he spent on foreign soil.

Leif Eriksson the Lucky - A brief biography from Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase through Time.

Mr. Avery's Class: Leif Ericson - A student writes about Ericson's life and voyage.

Africans in America: Prince Henry the Navigator - Excerpt from a PBS series examines Henry's role in opening routes for the trade of slaves.

Discoverers Web: Henry the Navigator - Short biography from Discoverers Web. Includes links to articles on related subjects.

European Voyages of Exploration: Prince Henry the Navigator - The story of Prince Henry's life and explorations.

Henry The Navigator - A detailed overview of Henry the Navigator's life from Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Henry the Navigator - An article from Compton's Encyclopedia.

Mappa.Mundi Magazine: Prince Henry, The Navigator - Article provides an overview of Henry's life and its impact.

The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, Virginia - The Mariners' Museum lists the highlights of Henry's life.

Prince Henry the Navigator and the Institute at Sagres - A short history of Henry's life from About.com. Emphasizes the role he played in moving Portuegese exploration forward.

Prince Henry the Navigator in the Electronic Passport - Tells how Prince Henry the Navagator never left Portugal, but helped unlock the secrets of Africa by encouraging exploration of the continent.

Voyage of Exploration: Prince Henry the Navigator - A short history written by students for students.

Henry Hudson - Biographical entry from Britannica.com includes information on the search for the Northeast Passage and the voyage to Hudson Bay.

Henry Hudson Explorer of the Hudson River -- By The Half Moon Press - Tells the story of Henry Hudson and his futile attempt to find a Northwest Passage.

Hudson, Henry - Short article from Encarta Encyclopedia provides basic facts about Hudson's life.

The Life and Times of Henry Hudson - A detailed account of Hudson's life. Includes family tree and time lines.

The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, Virginia - A brief account of Hudson's life and explorations from The Mariners' Museum.

Discoverers Web: Jolliet and Marquette - Short account of Jolliet and Marquette's travels from Canada south through the Great Lakes and on down along the Mississippi River.

Joliet, Louis - Short article from the Encarta Encyclopedia gives basic facts about Jolliet's life.

Jolliet, Louis - Short article about Jolliet's life from Compton Encyclopedia.

Marquette and Jolliet - Brief history of the first Europeans to follow the course of the Mississippi River.

The Virtual Museum of New-France: Louis Jolliet - Illustrated feature allows visitors to trace the steps of the French explorer.

Adventure Into the Unknown  - A webquest on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Carmen Sandiego Connection: Clark, William - Short biography based on Britannica.

Carmen Sandiego Connection: Lewis, Meriwether - Short biography based on Britannica.

Explorers of the Millenium: Lewis and Clark - Includes short biographies, sketches, timeline, and related links.

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark - Introduces the main characters in the expedition. From NationalGeographic.com.

The History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition - Expedition overview by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Letter from President Thomas Jefferson - Read the contents of Jefferson's letter of commission to Meriwether Lewis exactly as it was written.

Lewis and Clark - Presents an overview of the expedition complete with map. Also examines the questions surrounding Lewis's death.

Meriwether Lewis: A Portrait of an American Explorer and Hero  - Detailed biography includes a look at Lewis's early years, his western exploration, his years as governor of the Louisiana Territory, and his mysterious death.

PBS Online: Lewis and Clark  - Provides information on the explorers, expedition journals, trip timeline and maps, interviews with historical experts, an overview of Native American tribes, and classroom lessons.

Discovery Channel School: Magellan, Ferdinand - Tells about the Portuguese sea captain who commanded the first expedition that sailed around the world.

European Explorers: Ferdinand Magellan - A collection of links related to Ferdinand Magellan. All linked sites are appropriate for fifth and sixth graders.

Ferdinand Magellan - A short biography written by students for students.

Ferdinand Magellan - An elementary school student writes about Magellan's life and voyage. Includes a timeline based on Magellan's journal.

Ferdinand Magellan - Biography from the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.

First Circumnavigation of the Globe by Magellan: 1519-1522 - A simple, illustrated account of Magellan's attempt to sail all the way around the world.

The First to Sail Around the World - National Maritime Museum fact file answers common questions about Ferdinand Magellan.

The Greatest Voyager of Them All - Biographical and historical essay by Raymond Schuessler.

Magellan, Ferdinand - Article from Encarta Encyclopedia tells about Magellan's life and his voyage around the world.

Magellan's Voyage Round the World - An account of Magellan's voyage written in 1524. From the Modern History Sourcebook.

Discoverers Web: Jolliet and Marquette - Short account of Jolliet and Marquette's travels from Canada south through the Great Lakes and on down along the Mississippi River.

Father Jacques Marquette - Short, illustrated sketch of Marquette's life. Created by elementary school students.

infoplease.com: Marquette, Jacques - Encyclopedia article geared toward elementary school students.

Jacques Marquette--NSH Statue - Short biography and photograph of statue donated by the state of Wisconsin that resides in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

Marquette and Jolliet - Short account of French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet who first explored the path of the Mississippi River.

Marquette, Jacques - Short article from the Encarta Encyclopedia gives basic facts about Marquette's life.

The Virtual Museum of New-France: Jacques Marquette - Illustrated feature allows visitors to follow the steps of French explorer Jacques Marquette

European Explorers: Marco Polo - A list of links to web pages related to Marco Polo suitable for fourth and fifth grade students.

The Glories Of Kinsay - An account of Polo's travels written soon after his return to his homeland. From the Medieval Sourcebook.

History of Marco Polo - Some excerpts from the diary of Marco Polo and his Chinese expeditions. From the Medieval Sourcebook.

Marco Polo - Slide shows outlines major events in Polo's life.

Marco Polo - Biographical entry from Britannica.com covering Polo's life and travels.

Marco Polo - A fifth-grader writes about Polo's life and accomplishments.

Marco Polo - Geography - A look at life of the great explorer. From About.com.

Marco Polo and His Travels - Article by the Silkroad Foundation.

Marco Polo and Korcula - Online book introduces the connection between Marco Polo and the Croatian city of Korcula.

Marco Polo Travels in China: 1275-1292 - A short biography of Marco Polo.

Marco Polo's Asia - An essay on Marco Polo and his adventures in Asia.

Polo, Marco - Article from Encarta Encyclopedia provides information about Polo's life, his travels, and the controversy surrounding him.

Don Juan Ponce de Leon - Short school paper tells about Ponce de Leon's life and explorations.

Kids Almanace - Ponce de León, Juan - Excerpt from The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.

Ponce de León, Juan - Short entry from Compton's Encyclopedia. Includes sketch.

Ponce de León, Juan - Microsoft Encarta article offers a short summary of Ponce de Leon's life.

Ponce de León, Juan - Brief biographical entry from Britannica.com.

Ponce de Leon - A student's summary of Ponce de Leon's life.

Renaissance Man - Short history includes Raleigh's background and his accomplishments.

Sir Walter Ralegh - National Maritime Museum fact file answers common questions about Raleigh's life.

Sir Walter Raleigh - A short biography of Raleigh's life. Includes portrait.

Sir Walter Raleigh - Detailed summary of Raleigh's life, with numerous links to related sites.

Sir Walter Raleigh - 1552-1618 - Well-known quotes made by the explorer-poet

Sir Walter 'the Unfortunate' Raleigh - A funny account of Raleigh's life and misfortunes.

Who 2: Sir Walter Raleigh Profile - A short collection of facts about Raleigh's life, along with links and portrait

Amerigo Vespucci - A short student-written biography.

Amerigo Vespucci - Illustrated site created by students tells about the explorer for whom the Americas were named.

Amerigo Vespucci - Short article tells about Vespucci's early life and his voyages.

Amerigo Vespucci - Geography - Tells the story of the man for whom America is named and explains how the land got its name. From About.com.

Vespucci, Amerigo - A short article from Encarta Encyclopedia about the man who gave his name to two continents.

The Fabulous Fabulist: Did Marco Polo Really Make it to China? - Article explores the question of whether Marco Polo ever reached China. Includes map. From U.S. News Online's Mysteries of History. (July 24, 2000)