Kira Salak

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About Kira Salak

Reputed National Geographic journalist who wrote travelogues about New Guinea.

Early life

She earned a Ph.D. in English, specializing in travel writing.

Trivia

In the middle of graduate school, she decided to spend a year backpacking around Papua New Guinea, which became the basis of her first book.

Family of Kira Salak

Her parents sent her off to boarding school when she was 14, which may have instilled in her the streak of self-reliance that characterizes her life path.

Close associates of Kira Salak

David Livingstone, who was among the first Europeans to explore Africa, also published popular travelogues.

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Isabelle Eberhardt

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About Isabelle Eberhardt

Swiss explorer and writer who spent a lot of time in North Africa and was known for rejecting European morality and going her own path and that of Islam.

Early life

She started dressing as a man at a young age because of the freedom it gave her and she learned to speak multiple languages including French, Russian and German.

Trivia

She wrote about her travels in books and French newspapers including Les journaliers.

Family of Isabelle Eberhardt

She was born to a Lutheran Baltic German mother and and Armenian father.

Close associates of Isabelle Eberhardt

Peter O Toole starred in a film about her called Isabelle Eberhardt in 1991.

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Jan van Riebeeck

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About Jan van Riebeeck

Dutch founder of Cape Town, South Africa in the year 1652.

Early life

He served as an assistant surgeon while working as a member of the Dutch East India Company.

Trivia

A statue of Riebeeck and his wife was erected in Cape Town.

Family of Jan van Riebeeck

He married Maria de la Quellerie in March 1649.

Close associates of Jan van Riebeeck

He was an explorer just like Christopher Columbus.

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Francis Drake

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About Francis Drake

Sea captain and slaver who commanded the English fleet against the Spanish Armada under Elizabeth I of England in 1588.

Early life

He made his first sea voyage to the New World when he was 23.

Trivia

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on April 4, 1581.

Family of Francis Drake

He married Mary Newman in 1569, and she died shortly after. At the time of his own death, he was married to Elizabeth Sydenham.

Close associates of Francis Drake

He was sent by Elizabeth I to make expeditions on several occasions.

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James Cook

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About James Cook

British explorer who mapped the South Pacific, including Australia’s eastern coastline and Hawaii. He also completed the first recorded expedition around New Zealand.

Early life

He spent three years in a merchant navy apprenticeship, studying mathematics and astronomy.

Trivia

His life ended when he attempted his second voyage to Hawaii.

Family of James Cook

He married his mentor’s daughter, Elizabeth Batts, in 1762 and he had six children.

Close associates of James Cook

William Penn’s father was also a member of the Royal Navy.

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Hernando Cortés

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About Hernando Cortés

Famed Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that decimated the Aztec Empire. He was not awarded the title of viceroy as he had hoped, but was named Marques del Valle de Oaxoaca.

Early life

He attended a prestigious Spanish university to fulfill his parents’ hopes of him becoming a lawyer.

Trivia

He was one of the first Spanish settlers to initiate the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Family of Hernando Cortés

He was married to Dona Marina and he and Dona had a son named Martin Cortes, who was considered The First Mestizo.

Close associates of Hernando Cortés

Like Christopher Columbus, he died a wealthy but embittered man.

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