Around the world

From circumnavigating the globe to some of the first journeys to the Americas, delve deeper into some of the exploration that has taken place around the world. 

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During an attempt to fly around the world in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared. No one really knows what happened to the pair. 

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly famously said that she wanted to ‘do something no girl has done before’, a wish that came true through her ground-breaking investigative journalism.

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Sir Francis Chichester (1901–1972) was a British sailor and aviator, famed for being the first person to single-handedly sail around the world making only one stop.

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Explorer Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) is famed for his 1492 ‘discovery’ of the New World of the Americas on board his ship Santa Maria.


English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) developed groundbreaking theories on evolution following a five-year expedition on board HMS Beagle, 1831–36.


Who was Sir Francis Drake? Discover the life of the Tudor sailor and privateer, famous for sailing around the world and fighting the Spanish Armada.


Italian explorer, John Cabot, is famed for discovering Newfoundland and kick-starting transatlantic trade between England and the Americas.

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Ferdinand Magellan (1480–1521) was a Portuguese explorer who is credited with masterminding the first expedition to circumnavigate the world.


Walter Raleigh (1544–1618) was a courtier, seaman and explorer in Elizabethan England. He was a pioneer in the English colonisation of North America.


Anthony Jenkinson was a 16th century English merchant and explorer. He wrote maps and works on Russia and met Ivan the Terrible several times.