Top 20 Explorer celebrities in France
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Explorer celebrities [Updated March 5, 2021].
Robert De la Salle was born
on November 21, 1643
His explorations resulted in the Mississippi River Basin coming under French control.
Joseph Rene Bellot was born
on March 18, 1826
A French arctic explorer who took part in the expeditions to find Sir John Franklin.
Instead of finding Sir John Franklin
, he shared his fate and fell through the broken ice.
Francis Garnier was born
on July 25, 1839
As a longtime advocate of expanding French influence in Vietnam, he was tasked with mapping out its navigable routes.
Joseph Nicollet was born
on July 24, 1786
in Cluses, France.
His collection of maps from his three expeditions used native names for regions and landmarks.
Jean Chardin was born
on November 16, 1643
His ten-volume account of his travels, titled Journal of the Travel of the Cavalier Chardin, became an invaluable resource for scholars of the region.
Jacques Marquette was born
on June 1, 1637
in Laon, France.
Marquette andLouis Jolliet
were the first Europeans to observe and chart the northern region of the Mississippi River in 1673.
Jacques Cartier was born
on December 31, 1491
in Saint-Malo, France.
He was the first European to depict and chart the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the coasts of the Saint Lawrence River.
Henri Mouhout was born
on May 15, 1826
He made four expeditions into the region covering modern-day Laos, Cambodia, and Siam, recording his findings along the way.
Harry Dewindt was born
on April 9, 1856
He traveled from Paris to New York and continued east across the Russian and Canadian frozen wilderness.
Antoine delamothe Cadillac was born
on March 5, 1658
He returned to his native France late in the second decade of the 18th century. Though he immediately faced half a year of prison at the Bastille, he was later presented with the Order of Saint Louis.
Albert Hastings Markham was born
on November 11, 1841
While stationed in Australia, he came up with the idea of using the Southern Cross constellation next the the Union Cross for New Zealand's flag.
Louis Defreycinet was born
on August 7, 1779
He was founding member of the Paris Geographical Society.
Nicolas Baudin was born
on February 17, 1754
He was the first European to safely bring samples of Australian flora and fauna back to the mainland.
Paul Pelliot was born
on May 28, 1878
He brought back many ancient texts from Asia, which helped scholars find out more about the lost cultures from where they came.
Rene Caillie was born
on September 19, 1799
He spent years in Senegal learning Arabic and the customs of the people before setting off on an expedition to the famed city.
Rene-Robert Cavelier was born
on November 21, 1643
Hearing natives' tales of a great river called Ohio, he went out in search of it.
Samuel De Champlain was born
on August 13, 1574
in Hiers-Brouage, France.
He founded New France and Quebec City in 1608.
Claude-jean Allouez was born
on June 6, 1622
The Allouez Trail in Northern Michigan was named in his honor.
Pierre Laclede was born
on November 22, 1729
He frequently traded with the Osage Native Americans.