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Name a famous explorer... please

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swedishmum Mon 22-May-06 22:27:08

Dd (y5) needs to study a famous explorer for her next school project. Would really appreciate some not-so-obvious choices - maybe women? She googled but lots of very American stuff on there. Leif Erikson is top choice right now.

Would really appreciate any input.

Many thanks.

moondog Mon 22-May-06 22:28:07

BrilliANT story

tortoise Mon 22-May-06 22:29:27


Katymac Mon 22-May-06 22:33:23

Christopher Columbus
Cook (I think)
Darwin ?
Amerigo Ves??? (something or other) lots of Italians
Dr Livingstone & the other one
Marco Polo

Lady Hester something (explored/moved to Arabia?)
I think she was someones daughter (a poet/author)

Not helping much am I?

Katymac Mon 22-May-06 22:36:37

Mary Kingsley

WigWamBam Mon 22-May-06 22:37:43

Lady Hester Stanhope

Katymac Mon 22-May-06 22:37:55

Margaret Mee - Botonist

Katymac Mon 22-May-06 22:38:46

Thanks WWB - I knew she was out there

Rosita Forbes - anthrapologist

SSSandy Mon 22-May-06 22:39:07

Gertrude Bell? She might be interesting because of the current political situation in Iraq - sort of makes her story very relevant for today. What do you think?

Here's a site that says a bit about her:

Mercy Mon 22-May-06 22:39:23

Ellen MacArthur??

Katymac Mon 22-May-06 22:41:53

Lady Franklin (can't find out much about her)
& Lady Hester turned out to be a scandel rather than an explorer

swedishmum Mon 22-May-06 22:57:49

Thanks everyone - will show to dd in the morning. She'll love any alternative ideas. Not very mainstream my no. 2..

JoolsToo Mon 22-May-06 23:04:11

Vasco da Gama

don't know why he popped into my head - amazing what you remember from school!

milge Mon 22-May-06 23:09:34

My favourite explorer's obituary is \link{\here)

milge Mon 22-May-06 23:11:20

try again and preview before posting

SSSandy Tue 23-May-06 08:35:22

I'd never heard of Thesinger before

clerkKent Tue 23-May-06 12:55:44

Freya Stark is a good one - lots of independent travel in Arabia, many books.

cece Tue 23-May-06 13:00:41

Magellan (sp?)

NeiArmstrong/Buzz Lightyear or what ever it was

Sir Francis Chichester

MrsBadger Tue 23-May-06 13:02:24

(and get hold of The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt -it's worth a read for a few ideas for interesting people, if not as a reference book)

Kathy1972 Tue 23-May-06 13:02:56

Don't know who he is, but when my brother was a little boy and went to Cub Camp all the tents were named after famous explorers and he was in Shoveller.
On the last day they had to make up a play about the explorer their tent was named after. Unfortunately no-one in his tent had a f*king clue so needless to say they did not win the prize.

SecondhandRose Tue 23-May-06 13:02:56

Michael Palin

Kathy1972 Tue 23-May-06 13:03:49

LOL at Cece. To infinity and beyond!

cece Tue 23-May-06 13:04:46

LIZS Tue 23-May-06 13:06:39

Scott, Ranulph Fiennes

Marina Tue 23-May-06 13:13:15

Captain Cook
Redmond O'Hanlon
Eric Newby

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