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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 Hispaniola, initiated the Spanish colonization of the New World. In the context of emerging western imperialism and economic competition between European kingdoms through the establishment of trade routes and colonies, Columbus' proposal to reach the East Indies by sailing westward, eventually received the support of the Spanish Crown, which saw in it a chance to enter the spice trade with Asia ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 55 (1451-1506)

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

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#36 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#90 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 selected by King Charles I of Spain to search for a westward route to the "Spice Islands." Commanding a fleet of five vessels, he headed south through the Atlantic Ocean to Patagonia, passing through the Strait of Magellan into a body of water he named the "peaceful sea". Despite a series of storms and mutinies, the expedition reached the Spice Islands in 1521 and returned home via the Indian Ocean ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 41 (1480-1521)

Birthplace: Sabrosa Municipality, Portugal

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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 and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and joined the Royal Navy in 1755. He saw action in the Seven Years' War, and subsequently surveyed and mapped much of the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River during the siege of Quebec. This helped bring Cook to the attention of the Admiralty and Royal Society. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 51 (1728-1779)

Birthplace: Marton, United Kingdom

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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 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice. Marco ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

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#57 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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