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Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier was an explorer from the region of Brittany in France in the early part of the 16th century. He is famed for being the first European to discover the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River. This would be the building blocks for French colonization of the New World. 

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Richard Francis Burton

Richard Francis Burton was an explorer, writer, scholar, soldier, diplomat, ethnologist, linguist, poet, fencer, and perhaps a spy. He spoke 29 languages. He was one of the first Europeans to visit the holy city of Mecca. He explored extensively in Africa, including the Great Lakes District, and is acknowledged as the first westerner to reach Lake Tanganyika – the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

Teddy Roosevelt and the River of Doubt

In 1913, former president Theodore Roosevelt’s tour of the Amazon Basin turned into an attempt to trace the path of a recently discovered river called the Rio da Dúvida – aka the River of Doubt.

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo and the Exploration of California
Spanish conquistador and explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo would rise from obscure beginnings to become the first non-native to reach the western coast of the United States.

James Beckwourth – Mountain Man
James Beckwourth began life as a slave and end up as one of the most fascinating mountain men of the American west. This episode details the life of Beckwourth, who would go on to be an explorer, trapper, Indian chief, prospector, scout, guide, gambler, horse thief and so much more. 

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