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Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca a Spanish explorer who, after landing on the cape of Florida in 1528 and being stranded in the Gulf coast region for 8 years, published an account of his survival and interaction with the native peoples under the title "La relación" (1542) (b.1490?--d.1557?).
Amerigo Vespucci an Italian navigator and explorer (b.1454--d.1512).
Christopher Columbus an Italian navigator and explorer, and leader of the Spanish expedition that landed in America in 1492 (b.1451?--d.1506).
Eric the Red a Nordic outlaw and explorer who established the first Nordic settlement of Greenland in 985 (b.950--d.1003).
Hernando Cortés a Spanish explorer and conqueror of Mexico (1485-1547).
Hernando De Soto a Spanish explorer in America (b.1500?--d.1542).
Leif Ericsson a Nordic explorer who was the first known European to set foot on mainland North America (b.980?--d.1020?).
Sir Walter Raleigh an English explorer who founded a short-lived colony on what is now Roanoke Island, Virginia (b.1554--d.1618).
Vasco da Gama a Portuguese explorer who established the first all-water trade route between Europe and India (b.1460?--d.1524).
Vasco Núñez de Balboa a Spanish explorer and the first European discoverer of the Pacific Ocean (b.1475?--d.1519?).
William Beebe U.S. naturalist, explorer, and author, who in 1934 made a record oceanic descent of 3,028 feet (923 meters) in a bathysphere (b.1877--d.1962).