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List of famous male explorers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male explorers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being explorers. There are thousand of males working as explorers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic explorers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a explorer then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list contains people like William Edward Parry and Meriwether Lewis.

While this isn't a list of all male explorers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male explorers?" and "Who are the best male explorers?"
Christopher Columbus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Explorers
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Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer, citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of ...more

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Age: Died at 55 (1451-1506)

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Profession: Navigator, Sailor, Explorer

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#41 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#95 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Ferdinand Magellan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Explorers
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Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Born into a wealthy Portuguese family in around 1480, Magellan became a skilled sailor and naval officer and was eventually ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1480-1521)

Birthplace: Sabrosa Municipality, Portugal

Profession: Navigator, Sailor, Explorer

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#90 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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James Cook is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Explorers
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Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1728-1779)

Birthplace: Marton, United Kingdom

Profession: Sailor, Explorer

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#78 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Explorers
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Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia, and met Kublai Khan. In ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

Profession: Merchant, Explorer

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#66 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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