Explorers questions This is a list of recently added questions about explorers. Play explorers quiz and see all the questions. How many cities did Alexander the Great found that were named after him?20. Alexander the Great founded or repopulated about 20 cities throughout Eurasia and named them all after him, the most famous being Alexandria, Egypt.Created by: Roy Zhuvery hard 36% 551347101018731515188520202909kings riddles » The southernmost tip of Africa is named the Cape of Good Hope. A hope for what?Sea route to India. Bartolomeu Dias originally named the Cape of Good Hope the "Cape of Storms" (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed (by King John II of Portugal) the Cape of Good Hope because it represented the opening of a route to the east.Created by: globalquiz.orgeasy 71% foodfood1060christening of Africachristening of Africa909sea route to Indiasea route to India10247fortunate windsfortunate winds2139South Africa riddles » Which famous explorer resorted to piracy during his expeditions?Vasco da Gama. During his trip to India da Gama met hostility in the Arab-controlled teritorries of East Africa. Eventually the expedition resorted to piracy, looting unarmed Arab merchant ships. During the second expedition, Gama's fleet set about capturing any Arab vessel he came across in Indian waters, most notoriously the Miri, a pilgrim ship from Mecca, whose passengers (including women and children) he had locked and buried to death - despite their offers to pay ransom and begs for mercy.Created by: Luca Biaggihard 49% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus564Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama8023Vitus BeringVitus Bering3163Abel TasmanAbel Tasman4355sailors riddles » Which navigator carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition?Francis Drake. In 1577, half a century after Magellan's expedition, Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth with five ships and 164 men. During his expedition, he captured several Portuguese and Spanish Ships (including treasury ship with 36 kg of gold) and sacked Valparaiso. After his return, the Queen's half-share of the cargo surpassed the rest of the crown's income for that entire year.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 40% Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama2433Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral1750John CabotJohn Cabot1070Francis DrakeFrancis Drake3643Age of Discovery riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach Australia?Willem Janszoon. Janszoon reached the Gulf of Carpentaira (north of Australia) and made a landfall in 1606. However, he found the land swampy and the people inhospitable. He called the land he had discovered “Nieu Zeland” after the Dutch province of Zeeland, but the name was not adopted and was later used by Abel Tasman for New Zealand.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 21% Francis DrakeFrancis Drake1434John CabotJohn Cabot757Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon1028Abel TasmanAbel Tasman1467sailing riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach Brazil?Pedro Álvares Cabral. On 15 February 1500, Cabral was appointed a commander of a fleet sailing for India. he fleet crossed the Equator on 9 April, and sailed westward as far as possible from the African continent in what was known as the volta do mar (literally "turn of the sea") navigational technique. They landed in a land they took for an unknown island and named Ilha de Vera Cruz (Island of the True Cross), which in fact was Brazil.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 34% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus1107Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias2174Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral3017Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci2514history of South America riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach India?Vasco da Gama. The sum of the distances covered in the outward and return voyages made this expedition the longest ocean voyage ever made until then, longer than the circumference of the Earth. Created by: Kantapat Rassameehard 59% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus1195Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias1950Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan2475Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama8294history of India riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach South Africa?Bartolomeu Dias. During his expedition in 1487-1488, Bartolomeu Dias reached the tip of South Africa. Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further. After returning to Lisbon, Dias helped in the construction of the ships that were used by Vasco da Gama to eventually reach India ten years later.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 47% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus1136Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias6668Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan2715Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama3620history of Africa riddles » In which Nordic country was this photo taken?Norway. The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo houses vessels and maps from the 1964 Kon-Tiki expedition, during which Norwegian etnographer Thor Heyerdahl sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 46% DenmarkDenmark710SwedenSweden461NorwayNorway2051IcelandIceland1199museums riddles » After whom is Queen Maud Land in Antarctica named?Norwegian queen. Queen Maud Land was the first part of Antarctica to be sighted. The name was initially applied in January 1930 to the land discovered by Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen and Finn Lützow-Holm during Norvegia expedition of 1929–30. It was named after the Norwegian Queen Maud of Wales, wife of the then-reigning King Haakon VII.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 53% Dutch queenDutch queen5511Norwegian queenNorwegian queen12059Russian queenRussian queen890Mythical queen of the AmazonsMythical queen of the Amazons4148geographical names riddles » Play history quiz and see all the questions.