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Santa Maria - The art installation What was the name of Christopher Columbus' ship?

       a. Santa Maria
       b. Santa Clara
       c. Santa Teresa
       d. Pinta

Australia - The message was sent about 4 months after the event.After successfully traveling through the Northwest Passage, Roald Amundsen sent a telegraph message from Alaska of his achievement. Where did he send his telegraph from to inform the world of reaching the South Pole?

       a. Australia
       b. Chile
       c. Peru
       d. Alaska

Journey - Ibn Battuta travelled four times the distance Marco Polo did.Ibn Battuta is one of the most famous travellers of the middle ages. His journeys are published in the book "Rihla". What does the word "Rihla" mean?

       a. Book
       b. Journal
       c. Journey
       d. Road

Valentina Tereshkova - Valentina was selected out of 400 applicants.Who was the first woman in outer space?

       a. Mae Jemison
       b. Gertrude Bell
       c. Valentina Tereshkova
       d. Osa Johnson

The Huron's - Although he was a friend of Samuel Champlain, he betrayed him and was subsequently killed for his treason.Etienne Brule is a famous French/Quebecois explorer. He was the first white person to journey beyond the St. Lawrence River. He also lived with the indigenous people of Canada. Which indigenous people did he spend the most time with?

       a. Abenaki
       b. The Huron's
       c. Iroquois
       d. Mississauga

Francis Drake - Drake had a bounty of 20 thousand ducats on his head.Which famous privateer was nicknamed "The Dragon"?

       a. James Cook
       b. Ferdinand Magellan
       c. Francis Drake
       d. Pedro de Alvarado

Jacques Cartier - The previous settlement in the area was the village of Stadacona.Which explorer built a fort in what is now known as Quebec City?

       a. Jean Chardin
       b. Samuel de Champlain
       c. Jacques Cartier
       d. Francis Garnier

Willem Janszoon - Janszoon was one of the captains of the great Dutch fleet.Which European discovered Australia?

       a. Luis Vaez de Torres
       b. Dirk Hartog
       c. Willem Janszoon
       d. Frederick de Houtman

The Ninety-Nines - The name of the group came from the number of women present at the first meeting.Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. She was also a founder of an organization of female pilots. What was the organization?

       a. The Ninety-Nines
       b. The Flying Femmes
       c. The Wings
       d. The Glorious Peacocks

Hernan Cortez - The song is titled Cortez the Killer.Neil Young wrote a song about a well-known Spanish explorer. The song was banned in Spain under Francisco Franco. Who is the subject of the song's title?

       a. Alvaro de Mendana
       b. Hernan Cortez
       c. Francisco Pizarro
       d. Christopher Columbus

Swiss - The Piccard family held the record for both the highest flight and the deepest dive.What was the nationality of Jacques Piccard?

       a. French
       b. Belgian
       c. Swiss
       d. Canadian

Francisco Pizarro - Pizarro's palace of the conquest can be seen in the city of Trujillo, Spain.Which famous Spanish explorer conquered Peru in the XVI century?

       a. Amerigo Vespucci
       b. Hernan Cortez
       c. Francisco Pizarro
       d. Gaspar de Portola

First black woman in space - Mae also appeared in Star Trek.What did Mae Jemison do?

       a. First black woman in space
       b. First woman to reach the North Pole
       c. First American woman in space
       d. First woman to sail around the world solo

Yermak Timofeyevich - Yermak served under the rule of Ivan the Terrible.Who led the Russian conquest of Siberia?

       a. Yuri Gagarin
       b. Yermak Timofeyevich
       c. Piotr Kozlov
       d. Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay

Tasmania - We are talking about Abel Janszoon Tasman.One of the Dutch explorers was the first European to reach Van Diemen's Land. What is the current name of this island?

       a. Tasmania
       b. Australia
       c. New Zealand
       d. Java

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