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List of notable or famous explorers from France, with bios and photos, including the top explorers born in France and even some popular explorers who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French explorers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These explorers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known explorer from France is included when available.

This list features people like Jules Dumont d'Urville and Henri Duveyrier.

This historic explorers from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French explorers of note?" and "Who are the most famous explorers from France?" These prominent explorers of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French explorers.

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André Michaux is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Explorers from France
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André Michaux, also spelled: Andrew Michaud, was a French botanist and explorer. He is most noted for his study of North American flora. In addition Michaux collected specimens in England, Spain, France, and even Persia. His work was part of a larger European effort to gather knowledge about the natural world. Michaux's contributions included Histoire des chênes de l'Amérique and Flora Boreali-Americana which continued to be botanical references well into the 19th century. His son, Francois André Michaux, also became an authoritative botanist. ...more

Age: Died at 56 (1746-1802)

Birthplace: Versailles, France

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Charles Rabot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Explorers from France
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Charles Rabot was a French geographer, glaciologist, traveler, journalist, lecturer, translator, and explorer. He was also the first person to climb Kebnekaise, the tallest mountain in Sweden, which he accomplished in 1883. He led his first expedition to Spitsbergen in 1882 on the ship Petit Paris. Ten years later, he embarked on a voyage on the ship La Mancha, for a mapping mission, redrawing the map of the glacier Svartisen. He crossed Spitsbergen west to east and surveyed Prins Karls Forland. He was also a passionate ethnographer with the study of some Arctic peoples to the east and west of the Urals: Chuvash people, Cheremiss, Permiak, Zyrian, Khanty and Samoyeds. He published numerous ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1856-1944)

Birthplace: Nevers, France

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Henri Duveyrier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Explorers from France
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Henri Duveyrier was a French explorer of the Sahara born in Paris. In 1857 and 1858, he spent some months in London, where he met Heinrich Barth, then preparing the narrative of his travels in the western Sudan. At the age of nineteen Duveyrier, who had already learned Arabic, began a journey in the northern parts of the Sahara which lasted nearly three years. In 1864, two years after returning to France, he published Exploration du Sahara: les Touareg du nord, for which he received the gold medal of the Paris Geographical Society. In the war of 1870 he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Subsequently he made several other journeys in the Sahara, adding considerably to the knowledge of the ...more

Age: Died at 52 (1840-1892)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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Jacques Cartier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Explorers from France
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Jacques Cartier was a French explorer of Breton origin who claimed what is now Canada for France. Jacques Cartier was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named "The Country of Canadas", after the Iroquois names for the two big settlements he saw at Stadacona and at Hochelaga. ...more

Age: Died at 66 (1491-1557)

Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France

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