Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa
In the latter decades of the 1800s, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza would explore the region of central Africa, in what is Gabon and the Congo. He would be praised for this thoughtful and compassionate approach towards the African peoples – and eventually be hailed at France’s greatest explorer.
Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan
In 219 BCE, Xu Fu, a Chinese explorer and alchemist, would set out in search of the elixir of life on the legendary island of Penglai – the home of the Immortals. Xu would go on to reach Japan – and perhaps set himself up as the island’s first emperor.
The Burke and Wills Expedition
In 1860, Robert led the Victorian Exploration Expedition into the outback of Australia, looking to become the first men to cross the continent. This 8-part series covers one of the greatest journeys of exploration ever conducted in Australia.
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