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The Age of Exploration

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Picture of Sir Walter Raleigh

The Age of Exploration
The great Elizabethan Age of Exploration was at first dominated by the Portuguese and the Spanish. The Golden Age of Exploration also saw the emergence of English explorers such as Sir Francis Drake (1542-1596), Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618), Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539-1583), Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), Sir Richard Grenville (1541-1591) and Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594).

Exploration Biography and Timeline
A biography, timeline, facts, pictures and information has been included about the most famous Explorers and their explorations who made such momentous voyages during the Age of Exploration. For specific facts and information about the colonization of America please refer to our Colonial America website.

The Elizabethan Age of Exploration
The Elizabethan Age of Exploration. Many motives prompted the Age of exploration including Scientific curiosity, bred of the Renaissance spirit of free inquiry, the crusading spirit in which Europeans thrilled at the thought of spreading Christianity among heathen peoples. And the opportunities to acquire wealth, fame and power. The scientific improvements in Navigation during the Age of Exploration.

The Elizabethan Explorers during the Age of Exploration
The Elizabethan Times saw the emergence of the bravest and skilful English seamen who revelled in the Renaissance Age of Exploration. New discoveries could bring untold riches in terms of gold and silver and spices - the Elizabethan explorers were searching for adventure, glory and wealth offered during the Age of Exploration. The Greatest English Explorers of the Age of Exploration were Sir Francis Drake , Sir Walter Raleigh , Sir Humphrey Gilbert , Sir John Hawkins , Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Martin Frobisher English Explorers

Elizabethan Explorers
Elizabethan Explorers Timeline
Elizabethan Age of Exploration
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Humphrey Gilbert
Sir Richard Grenville
Sir John Hawkins
Sir Martin Frobisher
Sir Richard Hawkins
John Cabot
Sebastian Cabot
Henry Hudson
The Spanish Explorers in the Age of Exploration
The Renaissance saw the success of the Spanish explorers in acquiring monopolies on much of the Eastern spice trade and their expeditions to the New World brought great wealth and power to Spain during the Age of Exploration. Rodrigo de Bastidas, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Juan Diaz de Solis, Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro were the greatest Spanish Explorers in the great Age of Exploration.
Spanish Explorers
Spanish Conquistadors
Christopher Columbus
Francisco Pizarro
Amerigo Vespucci
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Juan Ponce de Leon
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Hernando De Soto
Hernando Cortes
Cabeza de Vaca
Estevanico
Panfilo de Narvaez
Fray Marcos de Niza
Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
Juan de Onate
Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
European Explorers
European Explorers
Portuguese Explorers
Giovanni da Verrazzano
Portuguese Explorers
Ferdinand Magellan
Vasco da Gama
Bartholomeu Dias
Pedro Alvares Cabral
Gaspar and Miguel Corte Real
Jacques Cartier
Jacques Marquette
Samuel de Champlain
Marco Polo
Canadian Explorer
Louis Joliet
Famous Pirates during the Age of Exploration
The Age of Exploration saw the emergence of some Famous Pirates and the Golden Age of Pirates. The lucrative slave trade, spice trade and the spoils of gold and silver encouraged the activities of Pirates. Many explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Martin Frobisher were referred to as pirates. Read about the real Pirates of the Caribbean.
Famous Elizabethan Pirates
Famous Pirates
Famous Women Pirates
Famous Pirate Ships
Pirate Flags
The Pirate Song
Pirate Clothing
Pirate Code of Conduct
Blackbeard
Anne Bonney
Mary Read

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