Geography & History



1,000 Places to See Before You Die Calendars
Travel Calendar

Star Trek - Ships of the Line Calendars
Star Trek - Ships of the Line Calendar

Destinations Calendar


Around the World in a Hundred Years
Around the World
in a Hundred Years:
From Henry the Navigator
to Magellan

Nat'l Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers
Nat'l Geographic
World Atlas
for Young Explorers

Women of Discovery
Women of Discovery:
A Celebration of
Intrepid Women Who
Explored the World

As Told at the Explorers Club
As Told at
the Explorers Club:
More than Fifty Gripping Tales of Adventure

Explorers South America
Explorers of
South America

Nat'l Geographic's Beyond 2000
Nat'l Geographic's
Beyond 2000

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Notable & Famous Explorers Posters “F...-”
for social studies teachers and home schoolers, theme decor in office.

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Percy Fawcett
Matthew Flinders

Sir John Franklin
Simon Fraser

John C. Fremont
Sir Martin Frobisher

Percy H. Fawcett Expedition, Photographic Print
Percy H. Fawcett Expedition,
Photographic Print

Percy Fawcett
b. 8-18-1867; Torquay, Devon, England
d. 1925; Mato Grosso, Brazil

Archeologist, and military officer, Percy Fawcett is most remembered for his ill-fated expedition to find an ancient lost city in the uncharted jungles of Brazil. He called the city “Z” and believed it to be the fabled El Dorado.

John Finley, Giclee Print
John Finley,
Giclee Print

John Finley
b. c. 1722; northern Ireland
d. c. 1769

The Indian trader and long hunter John Finley, captured by Shawnee and taken to what is known as the Bluegrass country of Kentucky in 1752, was one of the first Europeans to explore the Appalachian frontier.

After being released and finding his way back to settlement he found people were embroiled in the French and Indian War. It was as wagon drivers for General Braddock's expedition against Fort Duquesne in 1755 that Finley and Daniel Boone first met.

In 1769 Boone, Finley and their hunting companions went through the Cumberland Gap, already identified by Thomas Walker.

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Matthew Flinders, Explorer and Navigator in the Pacific, Giclee Print
Matthew Flinders,
Explorer and Navigator
in the Pacific,
Giclee Print

Matthew Flinders
b. 3-16-1774; Donington, England
d. 7-19-1814; London, England

Captain Matthew Flinders, RN, was an accomplished navigator and cartographer whose naval career spanned just over twenty years.

Flinders sailed with Captain William Bligh, circumnavigated Australia and encouraged the use of that name for the continent, survived shipwreck only to be imprisoned as a spy, identified and corrected the compass reading effected by the iron components and equipment on board wooden ships, and wrote the seminal work on Australian exploration A Voyage To Terra Australis.

Terra Australis: Matthew Flinders' great adventures in the circumnavigation of Australia

Lieutenant John Franklin on His First Expedition: The Trent Among Ice Floes, Giclee Print
Sir John Franklin
Giclee Print

Sir John Franklin
b. 4-15-1786; Lincolnshire, England
d. 6-11-1847; near King William Island, Canada

Sir John Franklin, British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer, mapped almost two thirds of the northern coastline of North America. He died while attempting to chart and navigate the Canadian Arctic for a Northwest Passage; his entire crew then perished of exposure and starvation when they abandoned the icebound ships in desperation.

Search parties were sent out for the Franklin Expedition: James Clark Ross, Robert McClure.

Franklin was the nephew of Matthew Flinders and the uncle of Emily Tennyson, wife of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

Fraser River, Giclee Print
Fraser River,
Giclee Print

Simon Fraser
b. 5-20-1776; Mapletown, NY (raised in Canada)
d. 8-18-1862; St. Andrews West, Canada

Fur trader Simon Fraser charted much of British Columbia, built the first trading posts for the North West Company in that area, and in 1808 explored the river that now bears his name.

His presence and activities as a British subject helped establish the 49th parallel as the southern boundary of Canada.

John Charles Fremont American Explorer, Giclee Print
John Charles Fremont
American Explorer,
Giclee Print

John C. Fremont
b. 1-21-1813; Savannah, Georgia
d. 7-13-1890; NYC

John C. Fremont, known as “The Pathfinder”, was a military officer, explorer, the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of US President (and the first Presidential candidate of a major party to run on a platform in opposition to slavery).

Fremont was married to Jessie Benton, daughter of Missouri senator, Thomas Hart Benton. His chief guide was “Kit” Carson.

Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire

Portrait of Sir Martin Frobisher, Giclee Print
Portrait of
Sir Martin Frobisher,
Giclee Print

Sir Martin Frobisher
b. c. 1535; Yorkshire, England
d. 11-15-1594; Plymouth, England, of a wound received in action.

Sir Martin Frobisher made his first voyage to Guinea, 1554; a voyage in search of a Northwest Passage, 1576; sailed to the same region in search of gold, of which he brought home 200 tons of iron pyrite, 1577; landed in Greenland, 1578; Vice-Admiral in Drake's expedition to the West Indies, 1585; commanded a ship against the Spanish Armada, and was Knighted in 1588.

FYI ~ The first thanksgiving feast in North America was offered by Frobisher in 1578 on Baffin Island (today Nunavut), as thanks for a safe crossing from England.

Elizabethan Hero: The Life of Sir Martin Frobisher

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