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

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While this isn't a list of all male navigators, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male navigators?" and "Who are the best male navigators?"
Christopher Columbus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Navigators
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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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Ferdinand Magellan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Navigators
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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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Vasco da Gama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Navigators
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Dom Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea, linking Europe and Asia for the first time by ocean route, as well as the Atlantic and the Indian oceans entirely and definitively, and in this way, the West and the Orient. This was accomplished on his first voyage to India. Da Gama's discovery was significant and opened the way for an age of global imperialism and for the Portuguese to establish a long-lasting colonial empire in Asia. The route meant that the Portuguese would not need to cross the highly disputed Mediterranean nor the dangerous Arabian Peninsula, and that the whole voyage would be made by sea. The sum of ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Sines, Portugal

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Jacques Cartier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Navigators
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 66 (1491-1557)

Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France

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